Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Judge Threatened Jeff Sessions with Contempt if Failed Asylum Seekers Sent Home

Judge orders government to turn around deportation plane Judge Orders Plane Carrying Deported Mother And Child Turned Around
Deanna Wagner | 11 August, 2018, 03:02

Sullivan warned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security officials that they could be held in contempt of court if the woman, named in court papers as Carmen, and her daughter were deported back to El Salvador while their appeals were underway.

"We are complying with the court's requests, and upon arrival in El Salvador, the plaintiffs will not disembark and will be promptly returned to the United States", a Department of Homeland Security official told CNN.

"This is pretty outrageous", the judge said.

Mr Sessions introduced tighter immigration rules in June and victims of domestic abuse and gang violence no longer generally qualify for United States asylum.

The ACLU's lawsuit says Carmen and her daughter left their native El Salvador because they feared for their lives amid extortion attempts by gang members.

An American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)-represented mother-daughter pair, caught crossing the southern border, were being moved in preparation for removal hundreds of miles away in Texas.

"I'm not happy about this at all", he continued, adding it was "not acceptable". Judge Emmet Sullivan said it was "unacceptable" for the government to deport a mother and daughter during a court hearing on their request for asylum and ordered their plane to return to the USA immediately.

"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.

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Sullivan threatened Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the lawyers' ultimate boss, with contempt of court.

Carmen and her daughter were not separated when they crossed the border, but their chances of remaining in the USA were slim after she failed a "credible fear" test created to determine whether her asylum claim could be honored. The government indicated that Carmen and her daughter would not be deported before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday to allow Sullivan to hear arguments earlier in the day for why he should halt their removal, according to the court order.

The lawsuit Carmen is involved in included 12 migrants total, three of whom are children.

"We also have dirty immigration lawyers who are encouraging their otherwise unlawfully present clients to make false claims of asylum, providing them with the magic words needed to trigger the credible fear process", Sessions said a year ago.

The judge told them to "turn the plane around" if necessary.

The judge's decision on Thursday, however, means plaintiffs can remain in the USA, where they are being held in detention facilities, while Sullivan considers the case.

"In its rush to deport as many immigrants as possible, the Trump administration is putting these women and children in grave danger of being raped, beaten, or killed".