“Judge Watson's ruling is yet another blow to the President's unconstitutional Muslim Ban. President Trump during the campaign made clear his intention to impose a Muslim ban. He has done so and no amount of spinning can obfuscate his intent. Every time our country has targeted a minority group for discriminatory treatment, we have been very wrong, and this Administration's actions are no different. In finding this Executive Order to be unconstitutional, Judge Watson exemplifies the importance of an independent judiciary.”
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii:
“Judge Watson properly concluded that President Trump’s second executive order continues to target Muslims, and is, in fact, a Muslim ban. I commend the State of Hawaii for taking swift action against this unconstitutional order as well as Judge Watson for stopping its implementation. It’s time for President Trump to stop violating the Constitution, and to rescind this latest effort to promote religious bigotry.”
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii:
“Hawaii is a place where people with different ideas, backgrounds, religions, and ethnicities feel welcomed and respected. It's only right that our Attorney General Doug Chin represent those values in working to stop this blanket travel ban from going into effect. This travel ban is bad policy, plain and simple.”
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii:
"I was pleased to read the Court’s decision today granting the TRO against enforcement of Executive Order 13780. This second attempt by the Trump administration to ban a specific group from our country based on religious affiliation was no better than Trump’s first attempt. I join my Democratic Colleagues in Congress in calling on President Trump to stop these unconstitutional and un-American attempts to discriminate against Muslims. It is only fitting that Hawaii is playing a leading role in standing up for our country’s history and tradition of welcoming immigrants with open arms. I encourage all people who believe in equality, justice, diversity and inclusiveness to continue to stand together in celebration of our shared American values."