Hawaii was the first to oppose the revamped executive order of President Donald Trump on immigration as the State filed a challenge in federal court on Wednesday. Hawaii however has one of the bleakest record when it comes to refugee resettlement with no refugee coming from any of the terror torn countries in the Middle East.
State Attorney General Doug Chin, before the signing of the new executive order, said: “If a new order still discriminates against persons based upon national origins, violates our nation’s freedom of religion, or otherwise violates the Constitution, the State of Hawaii and its people must oppose it,”
In Fiscal year 2015, Hawaii accepted seven refugees as per records from the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The recorded refugee acceptance for that fiscal year, only District of Columbia accepted fewer refugees with five for the same period.
The seven refugees the state accepted, one came from Ukraine, one from China and five from Burma. Notably, none of the refugees came from any terror-torn countries in the Middle East.
Past records of refugee resettlement of the state also show a dismal figure with two refugees being accepted in 2014, six in 2013 and only on refugee in 2012.
With the resettlement record, the State still leads the legal challenge against the President’s new executive order on immigration. The State of Hawaii will certainly not have any major role when it comes to refugee relocation, the State however wants to play a major role in molding the immigration and resettlement policy through the legal process.
Hawaii is not an attractive place for refugees, first off the location makes extensive resettlement logistically impractical. The state is also known for their high cost of living, which will potentially be a big burden for migrant families to begin with.