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Is TSA profiling Mexican air passengers in Hawaii?

"An elite unit of about 32 Transportation Security officers at Honolulu International Airport is supposed to assess the behavior of passengers to see if they might be terrorist threats. The problem is that two TSA whistle blowers came forward to tell KITV 4 News that two other screeners...

Arizona Jumps Birther Shark...Again

Just when you thought the news from Arizona could not get worse and/or more weird, this pops up: "Secretary of State Ken Bennett said Friday he is requesting officials in Hawaii to provide verification that President Obama was, in fact, born there." - CMS, May 19, 2012 . Cooler (and...

Obama Pardons Hawaii Woman in Immigration Case

"One of the 17 individuals pardoned by President Barack Obama today was An Na Peng of Hawaii who was indicted by a grand jury in 1966 for allegedly providing answers to immigrants seeking naturalization. Peng was employed by a testing facility and was accused of providing answers to examinees and...

CA9 on Acquired Citizenship, Modified Categorical Approach: Ragasa v. Holder

Court staff summary: "The panel granted Crisanto Ragasa’s petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision finding that he did not establish United States citizenship by adoption, and that he was removable because of his Hawaii state court drug conviction. The panel...

Is Your Hawaiian Seafood Caught by Slaves?

Martha Mendoza and Margie Mason, Associated Press, September 8, 2016 - "Pier 17 doesn’t even show up on most Honolulu maps. Cars whiz past it on their way to Waikiki. Passing tourists, let alone locals, are unaware that just behind a guarded gate, another world exists: foreign fishermen confined...

How US Laws Trap Foreign Workers on Hawaii’s Fishing Boats

Associated Press, Sept. 8, 2016 - "Though federal laws and rules don’t mention Hawaii’s fishing fleet by name, technicalities buried in immigration law, maritime regulations and agency rule books have combined to give it a rare distinction: In the Aloha State hundreds of foreign fishermen...

Hawaiian Fisheries Labor Practices Follow-Up (Sept. 22, 2016)

Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2016 - "State and federal lawmakers are promising to improve conditions for hundreds of foreign fishermen working in the U.S. commercial fleet in Hawaii, and at least one company already stopped buying fish from the boats following an Associated...

Expert: Congress Should Repeal Hawaiian Fishing Labor Loophole

Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2016 - "Two Indonesian fishermen who escaped slavery aboard a Honolulu-based tuna and swordfish vessel when it docked at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf are suing the boat's owner for tricking them into accepting dangerous jobs they say they...

Aloha! Hawaii vs. Trump

Governor of the State of Hawaii, David Y. Ige, Feb. 3, 2017 - "Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin announced today that the state of Hawaii has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump in Hawaii federal court. The lawsuit filed today asks the court to block implementation of the January 27...

Hawaii Sues Over Trump Travel Ban 2.0

Here is a link to the complaint . "A federal judge in Hawaii has agreed to hear the first legal challenge to President Donald Trump's new travel ban on March 15 -- just hours before it is slated to go into effect. Attorneys for the state filed a new 40-page request just before midnight...

Federal Courts Block Trump Muslim/Travel Ban 2.0

Hawaii TRO here . Maryland TRO here . Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, Mar. 16, 2017 - "A second federal judge issued an injunction Thursday blocking enforcement of one of the critical sections of President Trump’s revised travel ban, using Trump’s own comments against him in deciding...

Hawaii Files Emergency Motion to Clarify Scope of Trump Travel Ban 2.0

Hawaii Attorney General, June 29, 2017 - "This afternoon the State of Hawaii asked federal district Judge Derrick K. Watson to clarify the scope of the travel and refugee bans in Hawaii v. Trump in light of Monday’s ruling from the United States Supreme Court. On Monday the United States...

Another Blow to Trump Travel Ban: Hawaii v. Trump Preliminary Injunction Modified

Hawaii v. Trump, July 13, 2017 - "[W]hen appropriately considered in the context of the June 26 order, the Government’s narrowly defined list finds no support in the careful language of the Supreme Court or even in the immigration statutes on which the Government relies. ... In sum, the Government’s...

Latest DOS Cable on 'Close Family' Reflects Hawaii Ruling

MRN: 17 STATE 73352 Date/DTG: Jul 14, 2017 / 142214Z JUL 17 From: SECSTATE WASHDC Action: SOMALIA, USMISSION ROUTINE ; ALL DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR POSTS COLLECTIVE ROUTINE E.O.: 13526 TAGS: CMGT, KPAO, PTER, KHLS, CVIS Captions: SENSITIVE Reference: A) 17 STATE 8708 B) 17 STATE 9516 C) 17 STATE 11004...

Supreme Court Issues Order in Trump v. Hawaii (July 19, 2017)

Supreme Court, July 19, 2017 - "ORDER IN PENDING CASE 16-1540 TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF U.S., ET AL. V. HAWAII, ET AL. The Government’s motion seeking clarification of our order of June 26, 2017, is denied. The District Court order modifying the preliminary injunction with respect to refugees...

Supreme Court Stays CA9 Travel Ban Ruling...For One Day

Trump v. Hawaii, Sept. 11, 2017 - "UPON CONSIDERATION of the application of counsel for the applicants, IT IS ORDERED that the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, case No. 17-16426, is hereby stayed with respect to refugees covered by a formal assurance, pending...

Hawaii Responds in Latest Travel Ban Dispute (Sept. 12, 2017)

Amy Howe, Sept. 12, 2017 - "The state of Hawaii fired back this morning, urging the Supreme Court to stay out of the most recent skirmish in the battle over President Donald Trump’s March 6 executive order, often known as the “travel ban.” Yesterday the Trump administration went...

SCOTUS Stays CA9 Travel Ban Decision (Sept. 12, 2017)

SCOTUS Order List, Sept. 12, 2017 - "The application for stay of mandate presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is granted, and the issuance of the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in case No. 17-16426 is stayed with respect to refugees covered...

'Problems Ensue' - Trump Travel Ban 3.0 Enjoined, Twice (UPDATED)

Hawaii v. Trump, Oct. 17, 2017 - "Professional athletes mirror the federal government in this respect: they operate within a set of rules, and when one among them forsakes those rules in favor of his own, problems ensue. And so it goes with EO-3. ... Ignoring the guidance afforded by the Ninth Circuit...

DOS News Memo: Court Order on Presidential Proclamation on Visas (October 17, 2017)

DOS, Oct. 17, 2017 - "On October 17, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii ordered that the government not enforce or implement Sections 2(a), (b), (c), (e), (g), and (h) of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (P.P.) titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting...

CA9 on Travel Ban: Hawaii & California v. Trump

Josh Gerstein, Politico, Nov. 13, 2017 - "A federal appeals court on Monday gave President Donald Trump temporary permission to proceed with part of the third version of his travel ban policy, but it created an exemption from the new restrictions for foreigners with U.S. ties. A Ninth Circuit...