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Trump Fires Acting Attorney General, Deepening U.S. Immigration Conflict

  • Sally Yates, an Obama holdover, had questioned Trump’s ban
  • President’s attorney general nominee still awaits confirmation
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Trump Firing of Yates Intensifies Immigration Conflict

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President Donald Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates as conflict escalated over his executive order banning entry to the U.S. by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim nations.  

Yates, an Obama administration holdover, was ousted Monday just hours after she told Justice Department staff not to defend the ban in court because she didn’t think it was legal. The White House said in a statement she was removed for “refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States.”