An attorney general who has been fighting Donald Trump‘s travel ban says he will run for Congress.
Douglas Chin, a Democrat, seeks to replace Hawaii US Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is running for governor. Hanabusa is also a Democrat.
Chin made the announcement on Monday saying that the last year of legal battles over White House actions sparked him to run.
He has been a vocal opponent to decisions by Trump’s administration.
Before Trump was sworn in, Chin and five other attorneys general asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general. The prosecutors said in a letter dated January 17 that they had ‘grave concern’ that Session would ‘diligently and fairly enforce all laws protective of civil rights, public safety, health and welfare’.
Chin revealed that he first considered running for office while listening to a Sessions speech.
‘He actually made some speech to all 50 state AGs where he announced falsely that crime was at an all-time high in the United States and that the reason why it was at an all-time high was due to illegal immigrants being in the country,’ Chin said. ‘I found that statement to be so troubling that it really woke me up in terms of the actions I think all of us need to take responsibility for in order to make a difference.’
A week after taking office, Trump issued an executive order aimed at temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
On February 3, the state of Hawaii sued to stop the ban.
Trump’s executive order keeps Hawaii families apart and keeps residents from traveling, Chin said.
He said: ‘I think we live in very extraordinary times, I think Hawaii’s progressive values that it fought for for the past decades has been under attack in a lot of different ways, and I’ve experienced it first hand, starting with the travel ban and then extending to attacks on transgender people in the military or the children of immigrants.’
Chin has sued over every version of the travel ban, calling the measure discriminatory toward Muslims.
‘I’ve ended up being in court over and over again to stop some of the different actions that have been taken by the Trump administration,’ he said. ‘To me, going to Congress, it feels like the right next step.’
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