Judge halts deportation, issues threat to Sessions


The mother, who is referred to as Carmen in the court documents, is involved with a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)-which President Trump recently deemed responsible for reuniting migrant families-against the Justice Department's recent decision to hasten the deportation of asylum seekers, including those escaping domestic and gang violence.

DC District Judge Emmet Sullivan then blocked the administration from deporting the two plaintiffs while they are fighting for their right to stay in the USA - reportedly excoriating the administration and threatening to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt.

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.

"He should be [held in contempt]", Schmidt said, responding to Tur's description of a judge's threat to hold Sessions in contempt over the deportation.

"This is pretty outrageous", Sullivan said, according to The Washington Post.

But Sessions dramatically limited that category in June, ruling out border-crossers who claim asylum because they are victims of domestic abuse or gang violence - unless the brutality originates with their home governments.

Sullivan said any delay in bringing them back would be intolerable and that Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen should argue why they shouldn't be held in contempt of court if they failed to comply.

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"I'm not happy about this at all", he said.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said in court that the government must "turn the plane around", The Washington Post reported.

The ACLU was in court today successfully seeking an emergency stay of removal for plaintiffs - many of whom are women fleeing extreme sexual and gang violence. Other co-workers at her factory had been killed by the gang.

The fast-track removal system, created in 1996, has asylum-seekers interviewed to determine if they have a "credible fear" of returning to their home countries, the paper said, adding that those who pass get a full hearing in immigration court.

To qualify for asylum, migrants must show that they have a fear of persecution in their native country based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a "particular social group", a category that in the past has included victims of domestic violence and other abuse.

From there, Sessions has argued, asylum-seekers are typically released into the interior of the country while they await hearings, often years away.

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