Judge halts deportation of mother and daughter, threatens Jeff Sessions with contempt

Judge halts deportation of mother and daughter, threatens Jeff Sessions with contempt

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan also blocked the Trump administration from deporting eight other immigrants - now held in detention - who are part of the same lawsuit against the government for allegedly wrongfully rejecting their claims for asylum.

The judge expressed outrage, ordering the plane be turned around, suggesting the government be held in contempt starting with the attorney general, and saying it was "unacceptable" that someone in pursuit of justice who has alleged a credible fear in a USA court is spirited away while her attorneys argue for her in court.

Jennifer Chang Newell, managing attorney with the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said in a statement that the administration's actions were putting immigrants in "grave danger".

"This is pretty outrageous", the judge said.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, pictured in 2008, has temporarily blocked the Trump administration from deporting immigrants under new rules that largely bar asylum in domestic and gang violence cases.

"I'm not happy about this at all", he continued, adding it was "not acceptable".

The lawsuit asks the judge to invalidate Sessions' June 11 decision to restrict the kinds of cases that qualify for asylum.

It argues the administration is wrongly rejecting asylum claims based on domestic abuse and gang violence.

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Upon hearing the news, Sullivan ordered their flight returned and suggested that Sessions could be held in contempt of court, according to the ACLU. This woman and her child had fled their home country, seeking asylum from a violent and abusive husband/father. The plane landed in El Salvador, but Carmen and her daughter "never got off" and were flown back to the US, according to NBC News.

He said any delay in bringing them back would be intolerable.

Law&Crime reached out to the Justice Department for comment, but they have yet to respond.

But at the border, the government determined after interviewing her that she did not meet the "credible fear" threshold required to pursue an asylum claim in the United States, and an immigration judge upheld that decision. Sessions argued that a lack of policing in a given country "cannot establish as asylum claim".

He also ordered the government to stop removing people from the country who are seeking protection from gang and domestic violence.

The lawsuit says Sessions's ruling, and updated guidelines for asylum officers that the Department of Homeland Security issued a month later, subject migrants in expedited removal proceedings to an "unlawful screening standard" that deprives them of their rights under federal law.

The ACLU lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12 people from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala - three of them children - all who failed their initial "credible fear" interviews, the Post reported.

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