A federal judge halts a deportation and threatens Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered the suspension of an ongoing deportation of a mother and daughter this Thursday as their court hearing to appeal the removal was in process.
When we believed that no one would put a stop to the aggressive anti-immigrant policies of the government, a judge shows up and demands that a plane is turned around in which a Central American woman and her daughter were being deported.
District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered the suspension of the deportation Thursday and "threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt" after learning that the two immigrants were awaiting the resolution of their appeal to the deportation order, as reported The Washington Post.
"This is pretty outrageous," said the judge. "That someone seeking justice in U.S. court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her? This is not acceptable".
The woman, identified as Carmen in the documents, is part of a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the Department of Justice and its accelerated deportation mechanisms that exclude domestic and gang violence as grounds for asylum in the United States, explained the Post.
Even though both parties had agreed to "delay the removal procedures" of Carmen and her daughter until midnight on Thursday, the immigrants were put on a plane via El Salvador, where they fled for threats against their lives.
It was then that Judge Sullivan, informed of the situation, ordered the government to "turn the plane around."
"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," said Jennifer Chang Newell, ACLU's lead counsel to NBC News.
According to the Department of Homeland Security, both Carmen and her daughter did not disembark in El Salvador but were put on an immediate flight back to the country to continue with their legal procedure.