Judge orders plane carrying deported immigrants to return to US

Judge orders plane carrying deported immigrants to return to US

In the event that the government does not "fully comply" with Sullivan's order to return Carmen and her daughter from El Salvador, the judge said Sessions, Nielsen, Cissna and McHenry must appear in court to "SHOW CAUSE why they should not be held in CONTEMPT OF COURT".

"This is pretty outrageous", Sullivan said, per the Washington Post.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, which implements deportations, did not respond to questions about why Carmen and her daughter were removed from the country.

In a shocking move, Judge Sullivan then ordered that the government "turn the plane around", and bring both Carmen and her child back to the United States immediately.

"We are complying with the court's order, and upon arrival in El Salvador, the plaintiffs will not disembark and will be promptly returned to the United States", ICE spokeswoman Justine Whelan told the Washington Post.

Sullivan agreed with the ACLU that the immigrants they were representing in a federal lawsuit should not be deported while their cases were pending.

In court on Thursday, Sullivan also temporarily blocked the United States from deporting plaintiffs in the lawsuit, most of whom are women fleeing sexual abuse and gang violence. By Thursday evening, the mother and her daughter had landed in El Salvador.

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.

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But their case was halted when officers found they did not have a "credible fear of persecution".

"We are thrilled the stay of removal was issued but sickened that the government deported two of our clients - a mom and her little girl - in the early morning hours", said the ACLU's lead attorney on the case, Jennifer Chang Newell.

In June, Sessions reversed a long-standing policy that considered asylum cases on the basis of gang and domestic violence, and now allows fast-track rejections and deportations if those are the only factors involved. Some of Carmen's friends and co-workers have already been murdered, the ACLU claims.

This woman and her child had fled their home country, seeking asylum from a violent and abusive husband/father.

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

Sessions and other Trump appointees have dramatically shifted how the federal government speaks about asylum, going as far as to suggest in public communications the unproven claim that asylum is a routinely abused legal loophole.

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.

Two of the children and their mothers were deported before the suit was filed; the rest were being detained in Texas and NY.

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