Warning against potential opposition to President Trump’s re-issuance of an executive order temporarily prohibiting travelers from six nations entering the U.S., Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the Justice Department will fully enforce the order.
Mr. Trump unveiled a new 90-day travel moratorium on Monday temporarily halting travelers from citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Describing the new order which is scheduled to go into effect on March 16 as “a lawful and proper exercise of presidential authority,” Sessions said:
“Like every nation, the U.S. has a right to control who enters our country and to keep out those who would do us harm.”
Following the press announcement, Sessions buttressed his views in a tweet, tersely warning against dissension from U.S. attorneys with a suggestion those who are conflicted with the new moratorium can leave their posts in government.
— AG Jeff Sessions (@USAGSessions) March 6, 2017
Once a critic of Mr. Trump’s Jan. 27 order, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), applauded the new White House directive, writing in a statement:
“We all share a desire to protect the American people, and reviewing our nation’s screening and vetting procedures is an appropriate step.”
Similarly, Corker’s Senate colleague, Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), tweeted in support:
— David Perdue (@sendavidperdue) March 6, 2017
Aside from the legality of the new order, it is suspected Sessions undertook such tough language to avert legal challenges and friction from inside the Justice Department.
In the immediate wake of the original immigration moratorium’s unveiling, then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates wrote a letter to U.S. attorneys explaining she was unconvinced of the lawfulness of the moratorium and would not defend it against legal challenges.
President Trump sacked Yates three days after the original moratorium was issued.
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