MARCH 16, 2017
CONTACTS: TIM ZINK 410-962-4436/SUE WALITSKY 202-224-4524
Cardin Roundtable to Spotlight Importance of Repeated Judicial Rejections of Trump’s Proposed Muslim Bans 
MONDAY, March 20 at 1:00 PM, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) will join leaders of several organizations focused on providing support to immigrants and refugees at HIAS headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., to discuss the illegality and potentially devastating effects of President Trump’s proposed travel and immigration bans, which have been legally challenged by HIAS and rejected by multiple federal courts, including the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.
“Despite minor changes, the Trump Administration’s new executive order is just as legally objectionable and morally reprehensible as the original, as it was for a litany of strong reasons that U.S. District Court Judge Theodore Chuang in Maryland and his counterpart in Hawaii blocked part or all of its implementation,” said Senator Cardin, the Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. “There is a real threat that this nation faces from terrorism, and our policy efforts must address that threat. This order does not do that. Instead, it makes us less safe, damages our moral leadership and strengthens those who would do us harm either through recruitment or self-radicalization.”
Last year, HIAS — the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees — relocated its headquarters to Maryland, from where the agency administers refugee resettlement programming in 20 sites around the country, manages humanitarian programs in 14 countries around the world, and provides legal services to asylum seekers in Silver Spring and the Greater Washington, D.C., area.
WHAT:          Roundtable on Trump Refugee and Travel Ban
WHO:            U.S. Senator Ben Cardin
Shelly Pitterman, HIAS, Senior Vice President
Melanie Nezer, HIAS, Vice President for Policy and Advocacy
South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
Montgomery County Office of Community Partnerships (OCP)
Prince George’s County Muslim Council (PGCMC)
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
CASA de Maryland
                        American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Lutheran Immigration and Relief Services (LIRS)
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)
Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC)
WHEN:          Monday, March 20 at 1:00 PM
WHERE:        HIAS, 1300 Spring St., Suite 500, Silver Spring, MD
HOW:            Media requested to RSVP to Tim Zink:


Sen. Benjamin Cardin