Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Judge Threatens Sessions Over Two Deportations

Judge Threatens Sessions Over Two Deportations

"This is pretty outrageous", U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said after being told about the removal.

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.

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".

'It's outrageous, ' Sullivan said. "That someone seeking justice in the USA court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?"

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

In June, the Trump administration determined that fleeing domestic violence and gang violence would no longer be accepted as a means for refuge in the United States.

Upon hearing the news, Sullivan ordered their flight returned and suggested that Sessions could be held in contempt of court, according to the ACLU.

The ACLU represents 12 people in the suit, including three children, from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, who had entered the USA and sought asylum, but were been denied in a preliminary interview used to establish a "credible fear" of returning home.

Carmen fled El Salvador with her daughter in June fearing they would be killed by gang members who demanded she pay them each month or suffer consequences, the Post said, citing court records.

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.

A plane carrying the mother-daughter pair landed in El Salvador but they returned to the United States on another flight.

'Upon arrival in El Salvador, the plaintiffs didn't disembark and are now en route back to the United States.' the official said while they were in mid-air.

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

The Trump administration's position is that many asylum-seekers are gaming the system by exaggerating their fear of returning home.

Migrants must show 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" - and in the past the latter included victims of domestic violence and other abuse, the Post said. Sessions argued that a lack of policing in a given country "cannot establish as asylum claim".

If they fail to comply, the judge said, Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other senior Homeland Security officials would have to convince him not to hold them in contempt of court. The reforms are already working to reduce the previously skyrocketing number of illegal aliens claiming to be "asylum seekers" after being caught by Border Patrol, but they have sent the open-borders left into a rage.

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