This happened before the revised travel ban EO... This guy is a US citizen; filed court documents (the refugeesettlement article said he was green card holder; must have been originally, but got citizenship after the required 5 year period.)Hawaii man with Syrian family wants to join travel ban suit
Associated PressFebruary 9, 2017http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/02/09/breaking-news/hawaii-man-with-syrian-family-wants-to-join-travel-ban-suit/
Hawaii’s attorney general wants to add a new plaintiff to the state’s lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from seven mostly Muslim countries: Ismail Elshikh, the imam of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, whose mother-in-law is a Syrian national living in Syria.
State Attorney General Doug Chin is asking a judge to partially lift a stay in the case to allow the state to file an amended complaint that details the effect the travel ban would have on Elshikh’s family and others in Hawaii.
Elshikh, his wife and their five children are U.S. citizens, according to court documents the state filed Wednesday.
The executive order will prevent his mother-in-law from visiting the family in Hawaii: “The family is devastated,” said the state’s proposed amended complaint. The travel ban has created additional obstacles to completing the mother-in-law’s visa application process, said Hawaii attorney general spokesman Josh Wisch.
The executive order “conveys to them a message that their own country would discriminate against individuals who share their ethnicity, including members of their own family, and who hold the same religious beliefs,” the document said.
Chin filed Hawaii’s lawsuit last week, noting that the ban will also have a “chilling effect” on the state’s tourism industry.
Hawaii has hired a Washington, D.C. law firm to help. The attorney general’s office didn’t immediately have the costs available, but Chin said the firm is working at a reduced rate.
Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson suspended the case while a nationwide injunction on the travel ban remains in place. Three judges— including one from Honolulu— on the San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday against immediately reinstating Trump’s travel ban, which temporarily suspended the nation’s refugee program and immigration from seven mostly Muslim countries that have raised terrorism concerns.
Watson is giving the federal government until Monday (Ed: that would be Feb. 13th)
to respond to Hawaii’s request.
It sounds like they halted their case back in February, in order to bring in the Imam - would that have been because they needed a citizen to have standing in the suit?
Not sure... but this is not in response to the second EO (the revised EO)... this was based on the first. So it sounds like the first is continued into the second EO...?
BTW, I am familiar with the mosque (it's the only one in Honolulu), and it's located near the University of Hawaii (where Obama's father was a student), and directly across the street from the Punahou School - Obama's alma mater. It's a small building, more like a big house, in a quiet neighborhood. I think the location was based on serving students from Punahou and the University. It may be that the imam's mother-in-law is Syrian, but the ban also affects students (have they worked out the student visa exemption thing?)
At any rate, the knee-jerk response of OK - SEND ALL REFUGEES TO HAWAII is made without understanding the situation in Hawaii.
There are thousands of homeless people in Hawaii. They live in shanty-towns in Honolulu, they live in campsites on the other islands, particularly the "big island" of Hawaii. The state has a huge problem - and it's a magnet for the homeless because the weather is conducive to living outdoors. Sounds like heaven to someone who's only possession is a sleeping bag.
So the answer is not the juvenile "SEND ALL REFUGEES TO HAWAII" response; I'm sure if you did a geographical comparison to other states, the actual inhabitable land in Hawaii is probably closer to Rhode Island, if not smaller. And its PACKED with people. And by the way, native Hawaiians have nothing to do with this. They are so disenfranchised, they have little to no say in state politics. So leave them out of this bs. Think: native americans - no power, no money, lots of alcoholism, had their land stolen by missionaries and plantation owners, etc. If you really think about it, they're the people who have suffered from 'refugees' who came to the islands with bibles and pineapple plants, then proceeded to take it over. Factshttp://hopeserviceshawaii.org/message-from-the-ceo/facts/
On every island in Hawaii families are sleeping in tents on the beaches, tucked away in the lava, and camped in public parks. Homeless parents work full time jobs while children do their homework by flashlight – in cars parked in Hawaii’s towns and cities. Many of our elderly have to decide between medication or food at the grocery store, and the mentally ill of our state are left with little resource but to sleep outside. Homelessness in Hawaii is a growing epidemic, and these statistics are heartbreaking:
Statewide, 12-15,000 people are homeless
at some point of the year.
At least 6,300 are homeless at any given day.
33% of those living without housing are children.
33% of the homeless are of Native Hawaiian ethnicity.
8% of those homeless are veterans.
Hawaii County had the highest proportion of first-time homeless clients at 51%.
The number of homeless has increased 68% since 2013, from 557 to 1,394.Take a look at the Big Island’s current state of homelessness and the rental market:There’s a huge migrant crisis in Hawaii you’ve probably never heard ofhttps://grist.org/article/theres-a-huge-migrant-crisis-in-hawaii-youve-probably-never-heard-of/
By Aaron Wiener on Dec 31, 2016Homeless residents per 10,000 inhabitants