Jan 30, 2017 - Politics & Policy

DOJ will not defend the refugee travel ban

Seth Wenig / AP

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates told DOJ lawyers they should not make legal arguments in defense of Trump's executive order on refugees and travel limitations on immigrants, per multiple reports. She does not find the order to be lawful.

Why this matters... for now: Yates is an Obama appointee and her order will remain in effect until Jeff Sessions is confirmed.

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