A federal judge in Hawaii, U.S. District judge Derrick K. Watson, is the man responsible for freezing President Donald Trump’s revised executive order implementing his “travel ban” and halt on refugee admissions. The revised order banned six countries, taking Iraq off the list, and extending the refugee ban to all refugees, not just those from Syria. The “bans” were to last 90 days.
In a 43 page ruling explaining his verdict, Judge Watson said the evidence was questionable that these six countries posed a terror threat, even though 72 people from the original seven countries have been convicted of terrorism related charges since 9/11.
Judge Watson’s ruling came within two hours of Hawaii’s temporary restraining order on the revised executive order and stopped it just hours before it was to take effect.
Rumors have been circulating on the internet since the decision, with some being factual. Judge Watson in fact graduated college with Obama, and Obama was in Hawaii over the past few days. It has been said without fact that the two men met prior to the Judge’s ruling, however meetings aren’t necessary since Hawaii was already opposed to the ban and phones do exist.
According to CNBC Trump is vowing to fight for this executive order rather than sign off on another one. Trump responded to the ruling during a rally on Wednesday: “This ruling makes us look weak, which by the way we no longer are, believe me, ” Trump said, vowing to “fight this terrible ruling.”
Trump went on to say, “We’re going to win it.” He said he would take the case to the Supreme Court if he had to. Trump called the current order a “watered down” version of his first executive order and suggested he might fight for the stronger travel measures.
Trump and his supporters are hoping the judges at the Supreme Court are aware that the Constitution does not apply to non-U.S. citizens.