Washington, January 31: US President Donald Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday for questioning immigration policy. Sally refused to defend an executive order of trump which issued last week for restricting immigration in the name of national security. Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was sworn in to replace her.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, White House statement said.
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, the White House said in a statement.Yesterday, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has ordered Justice Department lawyers not to defend challenges to President Trump’s immigration order temporarily banning entry into the United States for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries and refugees from around the world, declaring in a memo Monday she is not convinced the order is lawful.
Yates wrote that, as the leader of the Justice Department, she must ensure the department’s position is both “legally defensible and consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.
Trump's sweeping executive order, signed Friday, suspends the arrival of refugees in the US for at least 120 days and bars visas for travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for the next three months.