A resolution introduced in the House on Monday praises former acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend President Trump’s executive order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Rep. Yvette Clarke’s (D-N.Y.) bill says the House “commends Sally Quillian Yates” and “honors those who faithfully uphold the Constitution by refusing to carry out orders that are contrary to our laws, ideals and founding document.”
The measure adds that “by refusing to defend the discriminatory Executive Order entitled ‘Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States’ Ms. Yates faithfully upheld the Constitution and defended American values of tolerance, compassion, and respect for diversity.”
Trump fired Yates last week, after she refused to have the Justice Department defend his travel restrictions.
A blistering statement from the White House said Yates “betrayed the Department of Justice” and was “weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration.”
The order temporarily banned immigration from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya for 90 days and suspended refugee resettlement for 120 days. It also indefinitely suspended the program resettling Syrian refugees.
A federal judge in Washington state issued a ruling on Friday temporarily halting Trump’s executive order. Trump’s Justice Department is trying to appeal the decision.
Yates was a holdover from the Obama administration who had been serving on a temporarily basis until the Senate confirms Trump’s attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: For Trump endorsement: The more sordid, the better Those predicting Facebook's demise are blowing smoke If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold MORE (R-Ala.). Trump appointed Dana Boente, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to replace Yates in the meantime.
The Senate is expected to consider Sessions's nomination as soon as this week.