Judge Threatens to Hold Jeff Sessions in Contempt for Deportation

Judge orders government to turn around deportation plane

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said the government appeared to have "spirited away" the woman and her child.

The judge also threatened hold to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court, according to an ACLU attorney, although an order requiring a response to a potential contempt charge hasn't yet been issued.

Sources say the government complied with the judges' order and Carmen and her daughter never got off the plane in El Salavador.

A weekly recap of the top political stories from The Globe, sent right to your email. "That someone seeking justice in USA court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her".

'It's outrageous, ' Sullivan said. "This is not acceptable".

The dramatic hearing was part of a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies filed on Tuesday, alleging the Trump administration was unfairly preventing thousands of migrants fleeing violence in Central America from seeking asylum in the US.

"The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes-such as domestic violence or gang violence-or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, can not itself establish an asylum claim", Sessions wrote.

A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment on the deportation case when reached by The Hill.

The lawsuit seeks a stay of removal for immigrants who, the ACLU argues, could face "grave danger of being raped, beaten, or killed" in their home countries if they are forced to return to them.

The Justice Department and attorneys agreed to delay the court proceedings for the mother-daughter pair until later that night, but despite the decision, an attorney on the case received word that Carmen and her daughter were already at an airport ready to be deported. The memo argues that only traditional interpretations of asylum eligibility, such as those persecuted by governments for their religion or politics, are valid and that recent innovations like granting asylum to people who face ordinary crime in their home countries will no longer be tolerated.

"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. Several coworkers at the factory where Carmen worked had been murdered, and her husband is also abusive, the records state.

Two of the children and their mothers were deported before the suit was filed.

The ACLU lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala - eight women, one man and three children.

Sessions" unexpected announcement negated a comparatively more vague 2014 Board of Immigration Appeals ruling that married women in developing countries "who are unable to leave their relationship" can be considered a "particular social group' for asylum purposes.

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