Lt. Gov. calls U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Trump travel ban "hurtful"
The 5-4 decision Tuesday is the court's first substantive ruling on a Trump administration policy.
HONOLULU - Hawaii led the nation contesting President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. That movement was spearheaded by Lieutenant Governor Doug Chin who was the state attorney general at the time. Chin called the ruling hurtful to Hawaii's families.
"I think it hits home for a lot of people who are children or grandchildren of immigrants or who are immigrants themselves," Chin said.
Chin was at the forefront when the state filed lawsuits against every version of Trump's revised travel ban dating back to February of last year.
The Democrats criticized it, calling it discriminatory and a disgrace to Hawaii's multi ethnic identity.
"We're a Chop Suey group of melting pot of cultures who live here and work here. I think the concern that we have a lot of what we're seeing with the travel ban in the current immigration policies such as setting up a wall or separating families, it's just a way of saying people who are outsiders need to keep out," Chin said.
Before the ruling, the ban struck up concerns among some faculty and students at the University of Hawaii. Those from countries mentioned in the order.
The university released a statement saying:
"The direct impact to our operations are minimal but the broader impacts may be much more serious and remain to be seen."
For Chin, protesting Trump's ban's motivated him to run for Congress in the upcoming election. He wants to be an advocate for changes to the nation's immigration policies. He says as a way to set a path for the future.
"We need to be on the right side of history so that when our children and grandchildren come back and they look back on 2018, they knew we were fighting for the right thing," he said.