Last night, a federal judge in Hawaii halted Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban just hours before it was set to go into effect. Today, a judge in Maryland followed suit and also issued an order stopping the ban.
Now, something that both these judges have in common has been revealed, and it should come as a surprise to nobody.
Young Conservatives reported that both Judge Derrick Watson of Hawaii and Judge Theodore Chuang of Maryland were appointed by Barack Obama himself. Watson was a classmate of Obama’s at Harvard Law School, graduating in the same year as the former president. Meanwhile, Chuang was a former Department of Homeland Security deputy counsel.
Both Obama judges ruled that Trump’s ban violated a specific provision in federal law by blocking the issuance of immigrant visas from the six targeted countries.
“The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” wrote Watson, an appointee of President Barack Obama. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed. The Court declines to relegate its Establishment Clause analysis to a purely mathematical exercise.”
Trump has already promised to bring this case to the Supreme Court.
“This is, in the opinion of many, an unprecedented judicial overreach. … This ruling makes us look weak,” the president declared. “This is a watered-down version of the first one. … I think we should go back to the first one and go all the way which is what I wanted to do in the first place.”
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