The State of Hawaii has asked a federal judge to block the latest executive order from President Trump regarding immigration, says Fox News.
The move could create a new wave of lawsuits, which would follow through the constitutional issues in the proposed executive order.
Attorneys for the state have stated in their petition that they will request a motion so that a federal judge can issue a temporary restraining order that blocks the latest plan. The new executive order did mention fewer people than the old version, which was batted away by federal judges.
The latest executive order was signed in on the first week of March and banned foreign nationals from six Muslim-related countries, and they were then barred from entrance to the country for 90 days to 120 days, says CNN.
An Issue of Religion, Says Hawaii
The reasons for Hawaii’s lawsuit are that they claim the executive order signed this week is based on religion, and it is contrary to their state constitution. It inflicts immediate damage to their state’s economy, tourism, and educational opportunities. Also, it subjects a portion of their citizens to second-class treatment. Hawaii further says that the latest order fosters discrimination while denying Hawaii’s residents the benefits of an inclusive community.
In the filing, Hawaii specifically talks about their economy, and how the executive order, if allowed, would severely impact this state’s economy. The temporary restraining order is expected to come on March 15, a day before the new law would take effect.
The new order, per Hawaii’s attorneys, is nothing more than a Muslim Ban 2.0, which was the issue with the original executive order in January.
Hawaii was one of the first states to look at the Trump executive order and file a suit. With them filing a suit yet again, it is likely to spark a slurry of more lawsuits from other states making similar claims.
The original ban was subjected to over 24 lawsuits. The lawsuit filed in the state of Washington was the one that succeeded in banning the travel order because it was a constitutional right violation against religious discriminations.
Also, the Washington State Judge’s upheld the injunction, which prompted the White House to work on a revised plan quickly. The revised plan did make changes that did not single out any religion, but the latest executive order does fall on the thin line of religious discrimination and national security.
The revised order, however, does have language that would give preference to specific religions, such as Christians from Middle Eastern countries being allowed into the United States and facing no particular travel bans, while those of Muslim religions were automatically banned based on beliefs.
What Does This Mean for America’s Security?
Most likely, the Trump administration will need to sit down yet again and use strategic wording to eliminate any evidence that they are targeting a particular religion. Once the new order is drafted, hopefully, the president will be able to fulfill his promise and protect national borders.