by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 30, 2017) — On Monday evening, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted, and mainstream media subsequently reported, that Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was “relieved” of her duties after refusing to uphold President Donald Trump’s executive order barring new arrivals from seven Middle-Eastern countries and a 120-day ban on all incoming refugees.
In events which may have coincided, Yahoo! News reported on its front page that Yates stated publicly that she could not uphold the order based on her stated belief that it violated the law.
Yates had additionally instructed her staff not to abide by the order.
Yahoo’s lead story is now updated to reflect Yates’s dismissal.
In 2011, Obama delayed the processing of Iraqi refugees after two men admitted to the U.S. were suspected of terrorist activity in their home country.
In August, Yates had announced that the government would not renew contracts with private prison operators at the federal level.
Trump named an Obama appointee, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Dana Boente, to serve as Acting Attorney General until his own AG is confirmed. Several weeks before his inauguration, Trump nominated former U.S. attorney, Alabama Attorney General, and current Alabama U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions for U.S. attorney general.
While hearings have taken place in the U.S. Senate in accordance with the “advice and consent” provision of the U.S. Constitution, Sessions has not yet been confirmed.
On Monday morning, former White House occupant Barack Hussein Obama broke his silence since leaving the White House on January 20 to encourage, through a spokesman, protesters around the country to continue to protest Trump’s executive order, Which he pledged to implement during the presidential campaign in an attempt to prevent terrorist activity on U.S. soil.
Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis stated that Obama believes the executive order violates “American values.” The statement additionally indicated that Obama views the order as discriminating against people of certain faiths.
It is not customary for a former president to criticize a current president, particularly during his first weeks in office.
Other media have termed it a “travel ban.”
As the executive order took effect over the weekend and travelers arrived from the targeted countries, chaos erupted at several airports around the country, after which ACLU attorneys rushed to step in on behalf of the wood-be entrants. On Saturday evening, a federal judge placed a temporary stay on the executive order which maintained those arriving from the seven countries in detention rather than admitted to the country or deported.
The 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides latitude to the president to make decisions as to specific groups of people to be denied admission to the United States based on national security concerns.
Under the more permissive Obama regime, a number of terrorist attacks which killed and Injured Americans Took Pl. in Orlando, FL; San Bernardino, CA; Chattanooga, TN; Boston, MA, and Fort Hood, TX.