Judge halts deportation of mother and daughter, threatens Jeff Sessions with contempt

Judge orders government to turn around deportation plane

The ACLU said later that government attorneys informed them after the hearing that the pair was on a flight to El Salvador.

The judge also threatened hold to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court, according to an ACLU attorney, although an order requiring a response to a potential contempt charge hasn't yet been issued.

A federal judge has ordered a mother and her daughter to be flown back to the United States, after learning they had been deported mid-appeal.

"This is pretty outrageous", the judge said.

Court documents chronicle a sequence of events that appear to have outraged Sullivan and initiated the unusual order to return the pair to the U.S. 'Someone seeking justice in US court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?' the judge asked.

The ACLU asked for a delay on deportation for Carmen and her daughter, as well as 10 other people included the lawsuit who were denied asylum.

The ACLU was in court today successfully seeking an emergency stay of removal for plaintiffs - many of whom are women fleeing extreme sexual and gang violence.

Carmen is one of several witnesses suing the Trump administration after Sessions announced in June that domestic and gang violence were not credible asylum claims.

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Paul Schmidt, who served as the agency's acting General Counsel during the early and mid 1980s, told NBC's Katy Tur on Friday that Sessions should be held in contempt of court over the case of a migrant family that was deported despite their asylum proceedings still ongoing.

What about the ACLU lawsuit?

The Trump administration has argued that traffickers see the "credible fear" test as a loophole that allows them to get their human cargo into the United States, so long as they can memorize the right things to say.

Asylum seekers previously had to show that the government in their native country was "unable or unwilling" to protect them.

He also ordered the government to stop removing people from the country who are seeking protection from gang and domestic 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", she said in a statement.

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. That number is more than triple what it was when Barack Obama became president in 2009.

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