There’s a race going on for states to file or join new lawsuits against President Trump’s second executive order temporarily halting entry into the U.S. for some people from a few terror-plagued countries. The new actions promise to be rehashes of the states’ earlier suits against Trump’s original order. Washington State, for example, which managed to stop the first order, has gone so far as to argue the new order and the now-rescinded original measure are identical, and has asked a judge to simply apply his emergency stop to the new order as if nothing has changed.
But the first state to file suit against the new order, Hawaii, has taken a new tack from the suit it filed on Feb. 3 against Trump’s original order. The new Hawaii suit, which will come before a federal judge on March 15, relies not only on claims of economic damages to the state resulting from the Trump order but also on claims of damages to Hawaii Muslims’ feelings and perceptions of the world.
The original Hawaii suit was simply the state versus the president and his administration. The new suit adds a new plaintiff, a man named Ismail Elshikh, who is identified as “an American citizen of Egyptian descent” who has lived in Hawaii for more than a decade and is now imam of the Muslim Association of Hawaii.
The Trump order “inflicts a grave injury” on Elshikh and other Muslims in Hawaii, the suit says, by subjecting them to “discrimination and second-class treatment.”
“The order denies them their right to associate with family members overseas,” the lawsuit alleges, and forces Elshikh and other Hawaii Muslims “to live in a country and in a state where there is the perception that the government has established a disfavored religion.”