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ATG NEWS RELEASE: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirms decision in Hawaii v. Trump

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 in Latest Department News

HONOLULU – Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Hawaii v. Trump upheld a nationwide injunction against President Donald Trump’s Revised Executive Order, dated March 6, 2017. The order sought to ban travel from six Muslim-majority nations and suspend refugee admissions to the United States. Today’s decision affirms the orders issued in March by Hawaii federal district court Judge Derrick K. Watson enjoining the controversial travel and refugee bans from going forward.

Attorney General Chin issued the following statement in response:

“I stated from the beginning that the President must act in a way that follows the laws and Constitution of the United States. Our system of checks and balances, enshrined in the Constitution for more than 225 years, remains in place.”

The opinion noted that, “[i]mmigration, even for the President, is not a one-person show” and that “[n]ational security is not a ‘talismanic incantation’ that, once invoked, can support any and all exercise of executive power” under federal immigration laws.

On May 15, 2017, the State of Hawaii argued in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Hawaii federal district court Judge Derrick K. Watson’s orders enjoining President Trump’s Executive Order nationwide.

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Joshua A. Wisch

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Phone: (808) 586-1284

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