08.03.2017 Pressenza New York

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Hawaii and ACLU challenge Trump’s new Muslim Ban
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The US state of Hawaii will challenge in a federal court Donald Trump’s new version of Muslim Travel Ban issued with an executive order this Monday, seeking a temporary restraining order against it.

According to the complaint, the new order is as unconstitutional as the previous one, issued in January, that sparked protests in the US and all over the world and was blocked in court. This new version remains incompatible with freedom of religion protections in both the state and federal constitutions, would harm the state’s economy and educational institutions, and would prevent Hawaiians with family members in the six targeted countries from reuniting.

The case will be discussed on March 15, a day before the new travel order is set to take effect.

This is not the only negative reaction to Trump’s executive order. These are the comments expressed by Omar Jadwat and Cody Wofsky of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.

“The Trump administration has conceded that its original Muslim ban was indefensible” Omar Jadwat said. “Unfortunately, it has replaced it with a scaled-back version that shares the same fatal flaws. The only way to actually fix the Muslim ban is not to have a Muslim ban. Instead, President Trump has recommitted himself to religious discrimination, and he can expect continued disapproval from both the courts and the people.

What’s more, the changes the Trump administration has made, and everything we’ve learned since the original ban rolled out, completely undermine the bogus national security justifications the president has tried to hide behind and only strengthen the case against his unconstitutional executive orders.”

“We at the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations, advocates, states, cities, and individuals across the country will keep fighting in courts and will keep voicing our opposition to this abhorrent religious discrimination” Cody Wofsky declared.

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