Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin is in a Honolulu federal courtroom this morning to challenge President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban.
Chin’s lawsuit claims the ban harms Hawaii by highlighting the state’s dependence on international travelers, its ethnic diversity and its welcoming reputation as the Aloha State.
Hawaii’s lawsuit includes a Muslim plaintiff, Ismail Elshikh, the imam of a Honolulu mosque. He says the ban prevents his mother-in-law, who lives in Syria, from visiting family in Hawaii.
In response, the Justice Department says Hawaii’s claims are mere speculation.
It’s not clear when U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson will rule on the state’s request for a temporary restraining order.
Attorneys from the Washington, D.C., law firm Hawaii has hired will participate by phone. Justice Department attorneys are also phoning in for the hearing.
Fourteen state attorneys general and 58 technology companies have filed amicus briefs supporting Hawaii’s challenge. The…
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