BALTIMORE – according to WBALTV The Trump administration’s travel ban is in legal limbo at the moment. The White House has until 6 p.m. EST Monday to file its response with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The case was filed in San Francisco, but it’s an issue that hits home in Baltimore.
“Catholic Relief Services is one of many Baltimore agencies that assist refugees either outside of the country or helps resettle them here,” said Bill O’Keefe, with Catholic Relief Services.
It was the backdrop Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., chose for an event Monday, where he once again blasted President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, calling it dangerous and unconstitutional.
“Our desire is for the president to withdraw the executive order, for Congress to enact legislation that makes it clear that we won’t accept this, or if the courts knock down the legitimacy and legality of this, we want it gone,” Cardin said.
With the travel ban on hold amid a looming legal showdown in federal court, the Trump administration and proponents of the order continue to make their case, arguing it is an important tool to keep America safe.
Supporters include the lone Republican in our state’s D.C. delegation, 1st District Rep. Andy Harris.
“I’m convinced that the courts will ultimately find that the president does have the ultimate authority over immigration policy. Obviously, within the confines of the law, but clearly this is within the confines of the law,” Harris said.
The White House has said it expects the federal courts to reinstate the ban, which applies to seven Muslim-majority countries. Many believe the case will end up at the Supreme Court.
University of Baltimore Law School constitutional law professor Michael Higgenbothom provided his take on the issue.
“There’s no easy answers to this stuff. We live in interesting times and as the senator mentioned earlier, this is a constitutional crisis, and in a way, it’s very important the court assert its constitutional role to interpret the law,” Higgenbothom said.