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Trump Fires Acting Attorney-General for Refusing to Enforce Travel Ban

U.S. President Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney-General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his Refugee Order. Dana Boente has been announced by the White House as the new acting Attorney-General. The development came up after Yates told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees. The…”
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January 31, 2017 9:54 am

U.S. President Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney-General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce his Refugee Order. Dana Boente has been announced by the White House as the new acting Attorney-General.

The development came up after Yates told Justice Department lawyers not to make legal arguments defending Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees.

The White House said “the acting Attorney General, Sally Yates, has betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.

“This order was approved as to form and legality by the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel.

“Ms. Yates is an Obama Administration appointee who is weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration. It is time to get serious about protecting our country.

“Calling for tougher vetting for individuals travelling from seven dangerous places is not extreme. It is reasonable and necessary to protect our country”.

Yates, in her directive refusing to enforce the presidential order wrote: “My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts.

“In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.

“At present, I am not convinced that the defence of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the executive order is lawful”.

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