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Rui Kaneya

Should Hawaii Defy Trump On Immigration Enforcement? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Should Hawaii Defy Trump On Immigration Enforcement?

Lawmakers are debating whether Hawaii should join communities balking at cooperating with the crackdown on criminal immigrants.

Hawaii Set To Roll Back Nation’s Toughest Drug Paraphernalia Laws Steven Depolo/Flickr.com

Hawaii Set To Roll Back Nation’s Toughest Drug Paraphernalia Laws

A bill decriminalizing the possession or sale of pipes, bongs and other drug paraphernalia is cruising through the Legislature, despite strong opposition from prosecutors.

Hawaii Cooperates With Feds On Immigration Holds, Even As Other States Balk Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Cooperates With Feds On Immigration Holds, Even As Other States Balk

A recent study shows that Hawaii is one of just seven states that fully complied with federal requests to hold immigrants in custody beyond their release dates without a warrant.

Hawaii Injunction Against Travel Ban Goes To Appeals Court In May Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Injunction Against Travel Ban Goes To Appeals Court In May

In Honolulu, Judge Derrick Watson suspends all proceedings in the case until the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules.

Trump Appeals Hawaii Judge’s Ruling That Stopped Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Trump Appeals Hawaii Judge’s Ruling That Stopped Travel Ban

The Trump administration will go before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an effort to overturn Judge Derrick Watson.

Hawaii Judge Refuses To Back Down, Extends Ruling Against Travel Ban Rui Kaneya/Civil Beat

Hawaii Judge Refuses To Back Down, Extends Ruling Against Travel Ban

Judge Derrick Watson grants the state’s motion to turn a temporary restraining order against Trump into a preliminary injunction.

Why Aren’t Federal Attorneys Moving Quickly To Appeal Travel Ban Ruling? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Aren’t Federal Attorneys Moving Quickly To Appeal Travel Ban Ruling?

The Trump administration said the travel ban was needed to avert an urgent security crisis. But officials are slow to file an appeal.

Virginia Judge Sides With Trump On Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Virginia Judge Sides With Trump On Travel Ban

Still, key parts of the order remain on hold by rulings issued in Hawaii and Maryland.

New Trump ‘Extreme Vetting’ Directive Aimed At Those Seeking Visas Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New Trump ‘Extreme Vetting’ Directive Aimed At Those Seeking Visas

It’s unclear how the new screening policy, which includes a social media check, will affect foreign tourists and others coming to the islands.

Hawaii Asks Judge To Double Down Against Trump’s Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Asks Judge To Double Down Against Trump’s Travel Ban

Attorneys for the state say the temporary restraining order should now be a longer-term stay that lasts until the case is fully decided.

Hawaii Judge Refuses To Narrow His Ruling Against Travel Ban Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Judge Refuses To Narrow His Ruling Against Travel Ban

Judge Derrick Watson issued a short decision Sunday saying his original order was perfectly clear.

Derrick Watson: An Apolitical Judge Caught In A Partisan Firestorm U.S. District Court

Derrick Watson: An Apolitical Judge Caught In A Partisan Firestorm

Acquaintances call the federal judge from Honolulu reserved and unemotional. But he’s under attack from the president and his supporters.