Judge Threatens to Hold Jeff Sessions in Contempt for Deportation

by Abel Hampton August 13, 2018, 3:10
Judge Threatens to Hold Jeff Sessions in Contempt for Deportation

But during a recess in the proceedings Thursday, she got an email from attorneys on the ground in Texas that her client, known by the pseudonym Carmen, and Carmen's daughter had been taken from their detention center that morning and deported.

The judge also said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions could be held in contempt of court for the deportation.

"This is pretty outrageous", he said according to the Post.

"That someone seeking justice in USA court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?" he said, according to the Washington Post.

"I'm not happy about this at all", the judge continued.

Immigration officials have returned a mother and daughter to the United States after they were deported, which had angered a federal judge who was hearing their lawsuit.

"Upon arrival in El Salvador, the plaintiffs did not disembark and are now en route back to the United States", the department said in an emailed statement.

Attorneys for the civil rights organization and Department of Justice had agreed to delay removal proceedings for Carmen and her child until 11:59 p.m. Thursday so they could argue the matter in court.

Sullivan also ordered the government to stop deporting plaintiffs in the case, who are seeking protection from gang and domestic violence, mostly in countries in Central America, where the mother and daughter were headed.

"The whole point of this was to get a ruling from the court before they could be placed in danger", ACLU attorney Jennifer Chang Newell said.

The attorney for the US DOJ, Erez Reuveni, could not confirm where Carmen and her daughter actually were at the time.

Immigration lawyers say people who they expected would pass credible fear screenings began to fail them, and lawyers say immigration judges are signing off on more denials during appeals, effectively ending what could have been a years-long asylum process before it began.

"In compliance with the court's order, upon arrival in El Salvador, the plaintiffs did not disembark and were promptly returned to the United States", a U.S. Department of Homeland Security official said Thursday evening, the paper reported. The judge imposed a halt Thursday on deporting Carmen, her daughter and six other plaintiffs.

The ACLU and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies filed the lawsuit on Tuesday. Even after Carmen moved away from her husband, he raped her, stalked her and threatened to kill her, the lawsuit states. It challenges a recent tightening on standards for seeking US asylum, which makes it far more hard for those fleeing domestic or gang violence to win the right to remain in the United States.

It argues the administration is wrongly rejecting asylum claims based on domestic abuse and gang violence. Sullivan's eventual order had nothing to with the prior agreement between DOJ and the ACLU and imposed a blanket ban on deporting the two until the ACLU's lawsuit against Sessions runs its course. "They falsely claim it will save money by letting the criminals back onto our streets early", he said.

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