Hawaii Judge Who Blocked Trump's Revised Travel Ban Receives Threats

Posted March 26, 2017

The federal judge in Hawaii who blocked the Trump administration's latest travel ban is now under 24-hour federal protection after receiving death threats.

Watson ruled on March 15 against Trump's executive order banning people from entering the U.S. It marked the second time a federal judge ruled against Trump's plans. In the 43-page ruling, Watson concluded that the executive order illegally discriminated against Muslims under the First Amendment of the Constitution. His first travel ban against seven Muslim-majority nations introduced in January was also blocked by the courts.

FBI spokeswoman Michele Ernst said they know about threats Watson has received and is prepared to help, but did not provide further information about the investigation.

"This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach", Trump said before pledging to take the issue to the Supreme Court if necessary.

According to the service, Marshals don't discuss specific security measures but does provide additional protection when warranted. In response, the US Marshals Service increased their patrols and number of officers protecting the judges.

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The new ban was supposed to take care of some of the legal problems, as it specifically didn't apply to green card and visa holders.

"The illogic of the government's contentions is palpable".

Both bans suspended the US refugee program for 120 days. "The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed", he said.

Nearly 50 percent of Americans said they "strongly" or "somewhat" agreed with Trump's travel ban, while roughly 40 percent "strongly" or "somewhat" opposed it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released in December 2016.