Hawaii becomes the first state to file suit against Trump's amended travel ban

The state is seeking a nationwide restraining order blocking implementation of the order President Trump signed on Monday.

Hawaii becomes the first state to file suit against Trump

Days after Donald Trump's team re-introduced travel ban with amendments, Hawaii has become the first US state to file a suit against the travel ban which disallows entry of people from six Muslim-dominated countries and suspends refugee resettlement.

On Wednesday, the state attorney general argued that while the new order features changes to address complaints raised by courts that blocked the first travel ban, the new order is pretty much the same as the first one.

The state is seeking a nationwide restraining order blocking implementation of the order President Trump signed on Monday.

The amended order suspends refugee admissions for 120 days and halts the granting of new visas for travelers from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan. However, it exempts Iraq, which was on the first list, and legal permanent residents and valid visa holders.


"Nothing of substance has changed: There is the same blanket ban on entry from Muslim-majority countries (minus one)," state attorney general Doug Chin said in a statement. "The courts did not tolerate the Administration's last attempt to hoodwink the judiciary, and they should not countenance this one," Chin added.

Trump's first order had sparked a legal, political and logistical furor, as

several district courts moved to block its implementation and lawmakers expressed opposition.

President Donald Trump also criticized a court order suspending the ban as "a very bad decision, very bad for the safety and security of our country. The rollout was perfect." But he has now stepped away from a promise to challenge the matter in the courts. The second order repeals the first, spelling the end of any pending legal proceedings.