OnTheIssuesLogo

Sally Yates on Immigration

 

 


Refused to defend 2017 Muslim ban; dismissed as AG

Sally Caroline Yates (nee Quillian; born 1960) is an American lawyer. She served as a United States Attorney and later United States Deputy Attorney General, having been appointed to both positions by President Barack Obama.

Following the inauguration of Donald Trump and the departure of Attorney General Loretta Lynch on January 20, 2017, Yates served as Acting Attorney General for 10 days. She was dismissed for insubordination by President Trump on January 30, after she instructed the Justice Department not to make legal arguments defending Executive Order 13769, which temporarily banned the admission of refugees and barred travel from certain Muslim-majority countries. Rather than defend it, Yates stated the order was neither defensible in court nor consistent with the Constitution. Large portions of the order were subsequently blocked by federal courts, though the Supreme Court ultimately upheld a revised version. Following her dismissal, Yates returned to private practice.

Source: Wikipedia background for 2020 Veepstakes , Apr 25, 2020

Muslim travel ban violates religious freedom

[When the Trump administration imposed the travel ban from Muslim countries] Yates thought that two arguments against the order were particularly strong. Because it gave preferential treatment to Syrian Christians, it arguably violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. And, because the ban denied entry both to visa holders and to legal residents, there seemed to be serious due-process questions.

Yates gathered a dozen Trump staff; she recalled saying, "I'm troubled about this from a constitutional standpoint--but what's the defense to this?" She wasn't impressed by the argument, made by some officials, that the order had nothing to do with religion.

[She concluded that BOJ must], "go into court on something as fundamental as religious freedom. This is a defining, founding principle of our country: religious freedom. How can the Department of Justice go in and defend something that so significantly undermines that, when we're not convinced it's true?"

Source: Ryan Lizza in The New Yorker on 2020 Veepstakes , May 29, 2017

Other candidates on Immigration: Sally Yates on other issues:
2019 Trump Administration:
DOL:Acosta
NSA:Bolton
HUD:Carson
DOT:Chao
ODNI:Coats
Edu.:DeVos
U.N.:Haley
Econ.:Kudlow
DOD:Mattis
SBA:McMahon
Treas.:Mnuchin
Staff:Mulvaney
DHS:Nielsen
V.P.:Pence
USDA:Perdue
DOE:Perry
State:Pompeo
HHS:Price
EPA:Pruitt
DOC:Ross
A.G.:Sessions
V.A.:Shulkin
State:Tillerson
Pres.:Trump
DOI:Zinke
Former Obama Administration:
Pres.:Barack Obama
V.P.:Joe Biden
State:John Kerry
HUD:Julian Castro
State:Hillary Clinton
Staff:Rahm Emanuel

Former Bush Administration:
Pres.:George W. Bush
V.P.:Dick Cheney
State:Colin Powell
State:Condi Rice
EPA:Christie Whitman

Former Clinton Administration:
Pres.:PBill Clinton
V.P.:Al Gore
HUD:Andrew Cuomo
DOL:Robert Reich
A.G.:Janet Reno

Cabinet Archives:
Trump Cabinet
Trump Administration
Trump Books
Obama Books
Bush Books
Clinton Books
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families/Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Infrastructure/Technology
Jobs
Principles/Values
Social Security
Tax Reform
War/Iraq/Mideast
Welfare/Poverty
Search for...





Page last updated: May 10, 2020