Judge orders plane carrying deported mom and daughter back to US

DC District Judge Emmet Sullivan

DC District Judge Emmet Sullivan

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan learned Thursday that the two were on a plane headed to Central America after the Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union agreed Wednesday to delay their deportation until 11:59 p.m. the following day, the Washington Post reported.

But the ACLU said they had learned during Thursday's emergency hearing that the mother and daughter had already been put on a flight back to El Salvador by United States authorities.

The plane landed in El Salvador, but Carmen and her child were allowed to return to the United States.

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. I'm not happy about this at all. "This is not acceptable".

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

"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.

Law&Crime reached out to the Justice Department for comment, but they have yet to respond.

The ACLU was arguing their case in court and believed the Trump administration had agreed to keep them in the US until midnight tonight.

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President Donald Trump and top officials have criticized existing protections for asylum-seekers, arguing they allow too many people to stay in the USA under the claim they suffer persecution at home.

The judge said it was unacceptable they had been removed during their appeal.

The ACLU said its client, identified only as Carmen, was raped by her husband for two decades and faced death threats from a violent gang. As part of that decision, Sessions said gang and domestic violence in most cases would no longer be grounds for receiving asylum.

'It's clear the administration's goal is to deny and deport as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, ' she said.

The ACLU lawsuit, Grace v. Sessions, was filed Tuesday in federal court in Washington, D.C. The suit contends the new policies clash with protections created by Congress that establish an initial "credible fear" interview for asylum seekers.

Migrants must show they have a fear of persecution in their native country based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a "particular social group" - and in the past the latter included victims of domestic violence and other abuse, the Post said.

Sessions has led efforts by the Trump Administration to crack down on illegal immigration, including the adoption of a zero tolerance policy that briefly included separating immigrant parents from their children while they were in USA detention.

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