Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing this week, discussing Russia’s interference in the US election. But Texas senator Ted Cruz had something else on his mind: Trump’s executive orders restricting Muslim entry into the US, which Yates was fired for refusing to go along with. The epic video showdown between Cruz and Yates set the internet on fire, as it was sliced and memefied all across social media. Cruz was harping on the president’s statutory authorization to restrict the entry of aliens to the US, but Yates schooled the senator on the Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits “any preference or priority or be discriminated against in the issuance of an immigrant visa because of the person’s race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence.” She proceeded to remind him that the US Constitution prohibits such discrimination as well. Just in case the massive airport protests and successful court interventions to halt the travel bans didn’t make things clear enough, we want to thank Senator Cruz for giving us a viral video to explain why the discriminatory travel bans were dead wrong.

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