Former president Obama was seen at one of his regular restaurants in Hawaii this past Monday. That seems like nothing important, until one realizes that this is Obama’s second trip to Hawaii since his trips there late last year, for Christmas and New Years. This trip, however, coincided precisely with judge Derrick Watson’s striking down of President Trump’s most recent travel ban.
Judge Watson, who was an Obama appointee, was also a classmate of Obama’s at Harvard. Is this all an innocent coincidence? Many who are speaking online say no.
Judge Watson has said that the travel ban offered “questionable evidence” to show that in showing that it was crucial for national security, and that it would, as stated by the BBC, “… cause ‘irreparable injury’ by violating First Amendment protections against religious discrimination.”
Interestingly, justice department lawyers have noted that the revised ban is simply an extension of President Obama’s push towards stricter screening of travellers from the six countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen). They also stated that the order was not a “Muslim ban” as it applies to only six countries, which, when taken together, contain only about 9% of the world’s Muslim population. Additionally, the justice department lawyers noted that the ban applies to all people from those nations, whether they are Muslim, Christian, or whatever. Seems like judge Watson is really saying is that it’s okay when Obama has a travel ban on these countries but not okay when President Trump does.
President Trump, of course, is not one to back down from a fight. Not surprisingly, Trump has stated that he will take this case “as far as it needs to go,” even all the way to the US Supreme Court.
What do you think about President Trump’s latest travel ban? Do you think it should be allowed? Or should Trump have to allow any and every person in the world to enter our country for fear of encroaching on his or her religious freedoms.