US Judge orders return of deported family, threatens Sessions with contempt

Cheryl Sanders
August 12, 2018

A furious federal judge threatened Thursday to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt after learning that a mother and daughter seeking asylum had been deported and were on a plane to El Salvador.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington learned Thursday that the two were on a plane headed to Central America. Turn that plane around and bring those people back to the United States'.

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 U.S. - reportedly excoriating the administration and threatening to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt.

The mother, known in court documents by the pseudonym Carmen to protect her identity, and her daughter were challenging Trump administration rules that largely bar the use of domestic and gang violence as the basis for asylum applications.

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

According to their lawsuit, Carmen and her young daughter came to the U.S. from El Salvador after "two decades of horrific sexual abuse by her husband and death threats from a violent gang".

The suit also says asylum adjudicators are required to ignore federal appellate decisions that conflict with the new credible fear policies, "thus purporting to make the immigration authorities the ultimate arbiters of the law".

In court on Thursday, Sullivan also temporarily blocked the USA from deporting plaintiffs in the lawsuit, most of whom are women fleeing sexual abuse and gang violence.

"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", Newell said.

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

The attorney for the US DOJ, Erez Reuveni, could not confirm where Carmen and her daughter actually were at the time. Some of Carmen's coworkers had already been murdered and her husband was abusive.

"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.

Under the fast-track removal system, created in 1996, asylum seekers are interviewed to determine whether they have a "credible fear" of returning home.

The ACLU lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala - eight women, one man and three children. The case is part of an ongoing legal battle over asylum claims.

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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