Gov. David Ige issued on Sunday a statement on immigration to the United States. The statement is as follows:
“I have been in contact with Attorney General Doug Chin regarding several orders issued by the federal courts in the last 24 hours. We believe these orders apply to all U.S. international airports, including those in Honolulu and Kona, and expect legal travelers to this country to be welcomed in Hawaii without being detained unlawfully by the federal government.
“Refugees entering the United States are screened by the National Counterterrorism Center, FBI, Defense and State departments and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Refugees fleeing from war and persecution seek, simply, a better life.
“Hawaii has a proud history as a place immigrants of diverse backgrounds can achieve their dreams through hard work. Many of our people also know all too well the consequences of giving in to fear of newcomers. The remains of the internment camp at Honouliuli are a sad testament to that fear. We must remain true to our values and be vigilant where we see the worst part of history about to be repeated.”