WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement Wednesday after federal district judges in Maryland and Hawaii issued temporary restraining orders against President Trump’s third attempt at a Muslim ban:
“Once again, federal judges have carried out their constitutional duty of checks and balances on dangerous overreach from an executive order that targeted individuals primarily based on religion. Despite minor technical changes, this latest executive order was just as legally objectionable and morally reprehensible as the first two.
“President Trump still does not seem to understand that his actions and those of his Administration are subject to the Constitution of the United States. He does not grasp that America’s diversity makes us stronger as a country, not weaker. I urge the president to rescind his discriminatory executive orders targeting Muslims. After more than two strikes against his travel ban, perhaps he now understands that the most effective route to keep our nation safe is to work with Congress on comprehensive immigration reform rather than continuing to damage our relationship with much of the world.”