(AP) — The scaled-back version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban has illogical standards for who should be prohibited from entering the country, Hawaii’s attorney general said Friday.
Doug Chin raised questions about why a stepbrother or stepsister should be allowed into the country but not a grandmother.
“What does the U.S. government have against grandmothers?” Chin asked. “Why is it that those people not allowed to come into the country? What national security initiative are we thinking about?”
He spoke days after the Trump administration, acting after the Supreme Court partially restored Trump’s travel ban executive order, set new criteria barring entry to the U.S. for some citizens from six majority-Muslim countries.
Based on a schedule set by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson, the administration has until Monday to respond to Hawaii’s motion, Chin said at the Friday press conference. The state will then have until Thursday to respond to the federal government, he said.
Watson will issue a decision after that, Chin said, adding there are no plans for a hearing at this time.