Trump Travel Order Raises Specter of ‘Superior Race’: Hawaii Attorney General

President Donald Trump’s revised immigration order is so “blatantly discriminatory” that it seems designed to divide people into a “superior race,” Hawaii’s attorney general alleged Thursday.

Trump’s revised executive order, which restricts entry by nationals from six mostly Muslim countries and is scheduled to take effect March 16, includes nicer, “neutral” language, but it remains at its core a “Muslim ban,” Attorney General Doug Chin said at a news conference in Honolulu on Thursday.

Chin said that would set the country back by 75 years, when Japanese-American U.S. citizens were placed in internment camps during World War II.

As evidence, Chin cited remarks that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions made last week at a gathering of the National Association of Attorneys General in Washington, D.C., where he linked rising violent crime to illegal immigration.

“People who come here unlawfully and commit crimes, they are going to be out of here,” Sessions said last week. “The law says they have to be deported.”

Chin, who attended the gathering, told reporters that he interpreted Sessions as saying that crime is rising — “I didn’t know if that was true, but he said crime is on the uprise” — and that it’s being committed by people who are in the country illegally. He said Sessions appeared to be arguing that “if we remove people who are unlawfully in this country, then crime will go down.”

Sessions, he said, almost appeared to be advocating for “a system where there are certain ‘races’ that are going to be presumptively in a second-class type of environment, and there will be a ‘superior race’ that is running everything.”

Trump’s original executive order, which the 9th U.S. Court of Appeals soon put on hold, barred entry for 90 days for nationals of Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen. Iraq was dropped from the list of countries in the revised order.

By ALEX JOHNSON and ALI VITALI for NBC NEWS
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