Judge stops mother daughter deportation and threatens to hold Jeff Sessions in contempt

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On Thursday, a federal judge threatened Attorney General Jeff Sessions with contempt of court. This happened after the government broke a promise to not deport a mother and daughter while an appeal hearing for their deportation hearing was underway. The two were fleeing domestic violence and gang violence in their country.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan demanded that the two be immediately returned to the U.S. once their plane lands in Central America. Sullivan reportedly told the government, “Turn that plane around.”

Sullivan added that the deportation was “outrageous. That someone seeking justice in U.S. court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?”

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He continued, “I’m not happy about this at all. This is not acceptable.”

Sullivan also noted that Sessions should be held in contempt for actions he characterized as “not acceptable.”

In a statement, the Homeland Security Department responded saying, “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.”

This comes as the ACLU is currently challenging Sessions’ decision to no longer grant asylum to domestic abuse and gang violence victims. The lawsuit states there are 12 people who have been denied because they claimed to be fleeing gang and domestic violence.

The woman in question is referred to as “Carmen” by the ACLU.


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