Only hours before President Trump’s revised travel ban on terror prone countries was set to take place, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a ruling which prohibits any state from enforcing the order, effectively dictating immigration policy for the entire country from a small island in the Pacific.
Judge Derrick Kahala Watson on Wednesday ruled in favor of a local Muslim Imam, determining that Trump’s new travel ban would cause undue hardship on employers, universities and Hawaii’s tourist industry. He also ruled that the order would prevent residents of Hawaii from receiving relatives in the 6 countries that Trump’s order applied to.
Essentially, the judge determined that Hawaii would “suffer financially” due to the temporary ban, which in his opinion appears to overrule any safety considerations for its citizens.
It’s important to note that Trump’s order applies only to new visas from Somalia, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen as well as temporarily shutting down the U.S. refugee program. It does not apply to those who already have visas and have legal authority to enter America.
Now, reports have emerged of Barack Obama possibly having a hand in this ruling, as he was spotted in Hawaii just days before the court shot down Trump’s travel ban.
Former President Barack Obama was spotted in Hawaii on Monday. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the former president, who sometimes vacationed in Hawaii while he was still in the White House, ate dinner on Monday night at the restaurant Buzz’s Lanikai.
Obama was traveling alone, without Michelle or his daughters at the time of his unannounced visit to Hawaii.
Judge Derrick Kahala Watson and Barack Obama were also classmates and both graduated together from Harvard Law School in 1991. Years later, Obama nominated Judge Watson to his current position as U.S. District Judge in 2012.
1 Hawaii Judge Derrick Watson graduated WITH Obama at Harvard in 1991.
2 Nominated by Obama.
3 Obama was seen in Hawaii yesterday.
— Tennessee (@TEN_GOP) March 16, 2017
Internet sleuths have discovered that Obama’s visit to Hawaii suspiciously coincided with Judge Watson’s ruling against Trump, but not only was he in the same state, Obama was also within 5 minutes of the judge’s home.
A local news outlet in Hawaii, Khon 2, reported that Obama was playing a round of golf (of course) at Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua on Tuesday. Later that evening he was spotted with friends in a “private room” at Noi Thai Cuisine. According to the report Obama did his best to keep the meeting as private as possible and only a handful of people even knew he was there.
Former President Barack Obama is back in the islands.
We heard rumors that he would be in town, and on Monday night, a viewer sent us proof.
Obama returned to one of his regular stops for dinner, Buzz’s Original Steak House in Lanikai. The former president was seen with a much smaller entourage than his last visit, though it still includes a Secret Service detail.
On Tuesday, Obama played a round of golf at Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua. He’s known to hit the links whenever he’s in Hawaii. He was accompanied by good friend Bobby Titcomb, and onlookers told us he seemed more relaxed this time around.
Later Tuesday evening, the former president dined with his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and friends in a private room at Noi Thai Cuisine at Royal Hawaiian Center.
“We wanted President Obama and his party to have a nice, quiet dinner at Noi Thai, and did our best to keep it under wraps the whole day — even diners on the other side of the restaurant had no idea the president was eating here,” said Ying Rosawan, the restaurant’s general manager. “Only a handful of people knew he was coming. We only told our staff just before he came. In the end, it was so worth it and we really hope to see him on his next visit back home to Hawaii.”
Sleuths on Reddit used online maps to determine the location of Obama’s leisure activities and discovered that his dining location was only a 5 minute drive from Judge Derrick Kahala Watson’s home.
Now we have a judge who went to school with Obama, was appointed by Obama and also was within 5 minutes of a private dinner that Obama was hosting with close “friends”. The only piece of evidence that is lacking is a photo of Obama shacking hands and sharing a secret wink with Judge Watson, acknowledging that he’s completely on board with undermining President Trump’s authority.
It should come as no surprise that Obama has his hands in obstructing Trump’s every move, as earlier reports have shown that Obama is openly conspiring to impeach or force the president out of office (See: Obama Plans to Force Trump Out of Office, Valerie Jarrett Moves In).
What are the odds of Barack Obama, sworn enemy of President Trump, turns out only minutes away from the home of a judge who a day later makes a landmark ruling against Trump’s travel ban? Apparently the odds are good, as that is exactly what just happened.