Hawaii gives up Trump administration travel ban legal fight

  • President Donald Trump arrives on Air Force One, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

HONOLULU — Hawaii is dropping its legal fight against President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens from several mostly Muslim countries after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the policy.

The state attorney general’s office voluntarily dismissed the case Monday.

Lt. Gov. Doug Chin sued to stop the travel ban from taking effect when he was attorney general last year.

“Although we were disappointed by the United States Supreme Court’s decision upholding President Trump’s third travel ban,” current Attorney General Russell Suzuki. “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.”

Suzuki spokeswoman Dana Viola says the department weighed options, evaluated litigation rights and decided dropping the case was in the state’s best interest.


  1. Kaipo Wall August 13, 2018 7:21 pm

    Doug Chin – YOU LOSE ! loser….. Frivolous lawsuit filing leftist lawyer , abuser of the Hawaii tax payer’s dollar . How much did Chin’s shibai cost us ? hmmm? Inquiring minds want to know .

  2. Du Mhan Yhu August 13, 2018 8:00 pm

    Imagine that: airhead politician goes down down in flames during election,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and then, the whole bogus media spectacle he created to spotlight himself, vanishes!

    What a huge coincidence.

  3. LOL in Kona August 14, 2018 4:40 am

    Have to justify their

    ….cushy salary, cushy medical, cushy pension, cushy, cushy, cushy,
    Hey! did you see one of the
    …..”once hired, can’t be fired”
    folk in DC was actually, gasp, let go!
    Seems he lied and, while the other “once hired, can’t be fired folk
    wanted a “suspension for 60 days” (wink, wink), the real folk got him out of there
    (of course, he was trusty, loyal, honest, brave, thrifty, etc, just ask him!)

  4. Kaipo Wall August 14, 2018 8:01 am

    Governor Ige needs to apologize for ever placing Chin as State AG and thus opening the door to put Hawaii through all the expense and bad national PR from what Chin did . Ige never said a thing contrary to what his AG was doing . All the national TV grandstanding , hand wringing and putting the U.S. national security in jeopardy . Chin disgraced Hawaii . Chin was Ige’s boy . Ige should apologize for the entire debacle . But he won’t .

  5. paul August 14, 2018 4:39 pm

    good,was a complete waste of taxpayer money…just democrap politics and you lost…travel ban is good,thanks trump…

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