The Hawaii Judge Who Stopped Trump's Travel Ban Received Death Threats

The Hawaii federal judge who halted President Donald Trump's revised travel and refugee ban has been targeted with threats and will reportedly get around-the-clock protection.

The FBI told the Associated Press that the agency is aware of threats made to the US District Judge Derrick Watson is prepared to assist with the investigation.


BuzzFeed News also reached out the FBI for more information.

Watson started receiving threats after he ruled against Trump's executive order barring people from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the US on March 15, expressing almost visceral opposition to the government’s arguments. While stunting Trump's effort to restrict access to the US for second time, the ruling also sparked a viral campaign of people claiming they would boycott Hawaii, which was then parodied on social media.

The US Marshals Services has flown about a dozen deputies to Hawaii to provide the judge with 24-hour protection, Hawaii News Now reported.

US Marshal officials, however, declined to comment on exact plans to BuzzFeed News, citing policy.

“The US Marshals Service is responsible for the protection of federal judicial officials, including judges and prosecutors, and we take that responsibility very seriously,” the agency said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “While we do not discuss our specific security measures, we continuously review the security measures in place for all federal judges and take appropriate steps to provide additional protection when it is warranted.”

Watson was nominated by President Obama in 2012. Before that, he was an assistant United States attorney in Hawaii. Watson is a 1984 graduate of Hawaii's Kamehameha Schools, a private school system for Native Hawaiian students. He then attended Harvard for undergrad and law school.

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