Hawaii needs refugees! Sues feds over refugee pause, travel restrictions from certain Muslim countries

You can’t make this up.

Surely you have already seen the news that the state of Hawaii is claiming that the Trump Administration’s latest Executive Order limiting travel to the US from certain countries and pausing the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program will hurt Hawaii!

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin spoke at Muslim Association of Hawaii, alleges they aren’t getting enough Muslim refugees (he didn’t really say that exactly), but they clearly need some! http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/03/hawaii-becomes-first-state-to-challenge-trumps-new-travel-ban/

I’m going to propose (when the refugee pause and the travel restrictions are lifted) that the state of Hawaii be placed at the top of the refugee-receiving list and get its FAIR SHARE of refugees especially from Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan etc. to make up for lost time in reaping the rewards of diversity!

Hawaii resettled a grand total of 123 refugees in 14 years, 5 months and ten days (up to today).

I’ll show you below with more numbers how completely ignorant and ill-informed Hawaii’s AG sounds.

Here is Seattlepi:

Hawaii has become the first state to mount a federal court challenge to President Trump’s revised executive order blocking travel from six predominantly Muslim countries and barring Syrian refugees for 120 days.

Attorneys for the Aloha State on Wednesday asked a U.S. District Court judge in Honolulu to block the new Trump order.

“This new executive order is nothing more than Muslim Ban 2.0; under the pretense of national security, it still targets immigrants and refugees,” Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin said in a statement.


In its court filing, Hawaii argues that the rights of its citizens, and its tourism economy, will be damaged by the revised Trump order, which takes effect March 16.

The new executive order will damage Hawaii’s “economy, educational institutions and tourism industry,” the state argues in its brief.

Rolling on floor laughing my head off! Hawaii “welcoming persons from all nations around the world into the fabric of its society.”

“It is damaging Hawaii’s institutions, harming its economy and eroding Hawaii’s sovereign interest in maintaining the separation between church and state as well as in welcoming persons from all nations around the world into the fabric of its society.”

Ismail Elshikh, Muslim Association of Hawaii is a co-plaintiff in suit against Trump Administration. http://www.civilbeat.org/2017/03/hawaii-becomes-first-state-to-challenge-trumps-new-travel-ban/

Now, here is the real power behind the suit—Muslim Association of Hawaii!

Seattlepi continues….

The state’s suit has a co-plaintiff, Ismail Elshikh, the imam of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, saying the Trump order “inflicts a grave injury on Muslims in Hawaii, including Dr. Elshikh, his family and members of his mosque.”

Let’s look at Hawaii’s refugee program!

Checking Wrapsnet this morning, here is a summary of the refugees admitted to Hawaii in the last 14 years, 5 months and 10 days:

Of the total 123 refugees they “welcomed” to Hawaii, the largest number (66) were Vietnamese who came in the early years (FY03,04,05).  Another 40 were Burmese (most Burmese are Christians).  Only 5 from any Middle East country came.  In 2004, 1 Iranian was resettled there and in 2013 they got a grand total of 4 Iraqis.  None of the thousands of Syrians admitted to the US in the last 2 years were seeded in Hawaii!

A smattering of Russians and Ukrainians were placed there over the years.

There were no refugees sent to Hawaii at all in FY11 and last year!

Zero Africans were planted in Hawaii in all those years.  That is interesting since when I read some books on Obama’s father arriving in Hawaii in about 1960, see especially this book, I learned that Hawaiians were not partial to Africans and that Barack Sr. attracted much attention because of his race and demeanor.  Hmmmm?

Why wasn’t the state of Hawaii begging for refugees over the last 14 years, 5 months and 10 days?

Seems it might be just the right time to send Hawaii its fair share of Somalis, Ethiopians, Eritreans, and Congolese!

BTW, how is the welfare system in Hawaii, does anyone know?

Here is an idea!  There are no travel restrictions between Minnesota and Hawaii.  Maybe load up a few planes with excess refugees there and send them to Hawaii (I hear that the climate is much better!).

This post is archived in our ‘laugh of the day’ category, here.

19 thoughts on “Hawaii needs refugees! Sues feds over refugee pause, travel restrictions from certain Muslim countries

  1. All refugees can hereby land, live and be taken care of by Hawaii. They don’t speak for the other 50 states.


  2. *UPDATE:* 3/15/2017 8:00PM ET

    Judge Blocks Trump’s Second Try at Travel Ban…

    Federal judge in Hawaii puts Trump travel ban on hold


    Slew of hearings happened today [3/15/2016] on “Travel Ban 2”:

    * Federal courts in Maryland, Washington state and Hawaii heard arguments about whether it should be allowed to take effect early Thursday [3/16/2016].

    * U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson Hawaii — finds for state of Hawaii.

    * BREAKING: “The Maryland lawsuit… argues that it’s against federal law for the Trump administration to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the United States this year by more than half, from 110,000 to 50,000. Attorneys argued that if that aspect of the ban takes effect, 60,000 people would be stranded in war-torn countries with nowhere else to go.”


  3. Hawaii seems to be taking the state of Washington’s lead…

    In the last paragraph, of this Reuters article, (“Trump’s revised travel ban dealt first court setback,” by Steve Gorman, http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-court-idUSKBN16I02F (Sat Mar 11, 2017 | 12:14am EST)), there is this,…

    “In a related development on Friday [March 10, 2017], the federal judge in Seattle, [Washington] [Judge James Robart] who imposed a nationwide injunction on enforcement of the original travel ban [the First Executive Order] [based on the brief brought before his court by the Attorney General of Washington state Bob Ferguson — who argued that detrimental economic harm to the state would occur by not having refugee visa holders in the state (for example, less sales and income tax revenue collected by their lack of physical presence; and, would set a precedent to then potentially kick-out H1-B visa holders in the IT industry in the state at some point in the future — which would economically hurt Microsoft, Amazon, and Expedia operations based in Washington)] refused a request [by Washington state] to apply that order to the revised policy [Trump’s Second Executive order], saying that lawyers from states opposed to the measure needed to file more extensive court papers.” [emphasis added]

    Here’s the ‘concluding paragraph’ of the brief filed by Washington state on March 9 requesting the court to apply the original preliminary injunction (restraining order) to Trump’s Second Executive order — which Judge James Robart then denied on March 10:

    “This Court should confirm that its preliminary injunction [against the First Executive Order] continues to restrain Defendants [President Trump] from implementing sections 2(c) and 6(a) of the Second Executive Order, which purport to reinstate provisions of the First Executive Order already enjoined by the Court.”

    The court documents of “Washington state vs Trump” can be found here…





  5. IDK what the welfare program is like now- but years ago you got nothing unless you worked- no excuses- day care was provided for- no excuse there,and if you claimed to be sick ,a doctor checked you out, not sick,no work,no money. That’s how it should be everywhere! The people that did work did community service & road work. That’s why the refugees aren’t there. No free handouts is what I’m thinking.

    On Mar 10, 2017 5:41 AM, “Refugee Resettlement Watch” wrote:

    > Ann Corcoran posted: “You can’t make this up. Surely you have already seen > the news that the state of Hawaii is claiming that the Trump > Administration’s latest Executive Order limiting travel to the US from > certain countries and pausing the UN/US Refugee Admissions Program ” >


  6. Hell, they can have them all! That leaves plenty of open water between them and decent people. And I’d bet that were they to try to swim, even the sharks would refuse to eat them!


  7. Anyone taking contributions to charter an airliner filled with Somalis from Minneapolis to deliver them to Hawaii? Hey, it’s the compassionate thing to do right we want to help why is economy. I wonder what the people of Hawaii Think about bringing in these refugees, what the heck they’re pretty much liberal right, Hey if Sweden can do it So can Hawaii!


  8. its time we consider hawaii not a us state – it appears to have its own stupid agenda and stupid people like chin


  9. The last time I looked, Hawaii had the highest per capita homeless population in the nation, and the Governor had declared a Homeless State of Emergency because of it. It’s one big hairy armpit there.

    I think this is more about The Oh? and his little friends having a safe space to hide where they can smoke and scheme freely behind the wall of ocean they stole from the rest of us.


    1. You’ve reminded me about this… 🙂

      The ugly side of paradise: Hawaii tries to shoo away homeless with free, one-way tickets to mainland (August 27, 2013)


      Hawaii ‘Return To [Mainland]’ Program Will Pay To Fly Homeless People Back To The Mainland (July 31, 2013)


      Hawaii lawmakers kill bill to fly homeless back to mainland (Feb 2, 2016)


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      1. Hey thanks for sending. I had forgotten about that too! But, maybe their homeless aren’t diverse enough. Send them some of Minneapolis excess!


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