Hawaii dismisses federal lawsuit against Trump’s travel ban

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The plaintiffs in Hawaii v. Trump voluntarily dismissed their action in federal district court Monday.

This brings Hawaii’s litigation about the travel ban to a close.

In early 2017, the State of Hawaii, under then-attorney general Doug Chin, filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump that said the travel ban was unconstitutional and sought a temporary restraining order to stop it. Other states followed suit.

In late June 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the ban in a 5-4 decision that said presidents have substantial power to regulate immigration, and the ban did not discriminate against Muslims.

“Although we were disappointed by the United States Supreme Court’s decision upholding President Trump’s third travel ban,” Attorney General Russell Suzuki said, “Hawaii’s fight pushed the administration to walk back its efforts to exclude people from the country. We continue to believe that the third travel ban is unlawful and unconstitutional, and today, we pass the baton to other litigants who have taken up the fight regarding the travel ban’s flawed waiver process.”

Cases regarding the travel ban’s waiver process have recently been filed in the Northern District of California and the Western District of Washington.  

“We would like to extend our thanks to Neal Katyal and his team at Hogan Lovells for their extraordinary representation of the plaintiffs in Hawaii v. Trump,” Suzuki said. “Neal and his team represented us pro bono for the majority of the case, and we are grateful for their work in challenging the President’s unprecedented, unjust, and discriminatory policies.”

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