REPRESENTATIVE HANABUSA PRAISES HAWAII DISTRICT COURT DECISION STAYING TRUMP’S SECOND TRAVEL BAN EXECUTIVE ORDER
Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii, Judge Derrick K. Watson presiding, issued an order granting a temporary restraining order (TRO) stopping the Trump Administration’s Executive Order 13780 dated March 6, 2017, also known as “Travel Ban 2.0” or “Muslim Ban 2.0.” In the 43-page Order, Judge Watson found that the underlying intent of the Order was to discriminate against individuals of the Muslim faith, and was thus a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In reaching his decision, Judge Watson relied on evidence of President Trump’s own statements, as well as the statements of his surrogates, that the Order was intended to keep Muslims out of the United States of America.
Congresswoman Hanabusa: I was pleased to read the Court’s decision today granting the TRO against enforcement of Executive Order 13780. This second attempt by the Trump administration to ban a specific group from our country based on religious affiliation was no better than Trump’s first attempt. I join my Democratic Colleagues in Congress in calling on President Trump to stop these unconstitutional and un-American attempts to discriminate against Muslims.
It is only fitting that Hawaii is playing a leading role in standing up for our country’s history and tradition of welcoming immigrants with open arms. I encourage all people who believe in equality, justice, diversity and inclusiveness to continue to stand together in celebration of our shared American values.