The fight of President Donald Trump's executive orders continues as an internal Homeland Security document seen by Reuters indicates a reprieve for certain refugees. Nathan Frandino reports.
Democrats blasting President Donald Trump's immigration orders on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Monday... continuing their fight to reverse his order banning all refugees and blocking citizens from seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S. In a dramatic sign of the deepening divide, late MondayTrump fired acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructed Justice Department lawyers not to defend the president's order after concluding they did not comply with U.S. law. It was the first such case since 1973, when then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson resigned under President Richard Nixon after refusing his order to dismiss the special prosecutor in the Watergate probe. Protests erupting again Monday evening in the nation's capital after travelers were detained, deported and in some cases blocked from boarding flights to the U.S. over the weekend. An internal Department of Homeland Security document seen by Reuters on Monday said an exception was granted to some 872 refugees. A source saying those refugees were considered "in transit" and had already been cleared for resettlement before the ban took effect. The document also said more than 735 people had been pulled aside for questioning in U.S. airports... more than the 109 President Trump claimed on Twitter. Another blow coming from the State Department, where the New York Times said at least 100 foreign service oficials had signed a memo disagreeing with Trump's travel ban. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer dismissing the memo and those behind it. (SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN SEAN SPICER SAYING: "These career bureaucrats have a problem with it? They should either get with the program or they can go." Spicer adding that the White House remains confident that it will prevail in the legal and political fight against the orders. Also Monday, former President Obama taking the rare step of weighing in, saying through a spokesman that he was heartened by the political activism on the issue.