WASHINGTON D.C. – President Donald Trump signed a new executive order on March 6 that professes to protect the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.
A memorandum was issued for the new Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security, who in turn held a joint press conference the same day.
Later that day, Hawaii officials responded in opposition to the new order.
Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin called it “nothing more than Muslim Ban 2.0” and said his office is reviewing the new order before it decides what next steps may be necessary.
Hawaii U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D) called Trump’s order “racist and counterproductive” and said “it’s a violation of American values that only damages our national security.”
Senator Mazie Hirono (D) took to the airwaves.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D) came out with her own statement, saying “we should not be putting in place a blanket ban of refugees, especially when we have actively been fueling the counterproductive regime change wars that have caused them to flee their homes.”
The day before, Gabbard delivered the keynote address at the 10th Annual Prophet Muhammad Day event at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The event was hosted by Muslims 4 Peace, and her speech was filmed by her office.