Judge orders plane carrying deported immigrants to return to US

Lester Mason
August 11, 2018

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

"I'm not happy about this at all", he continued, adding it was "not acceptable".

Sullivan agreed with the ACLU that the immigrants they were representing in a federal lawsuit should not be deported while their cases were pending. "This is pretty outrageous that someone seeking justice in US court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?" the Washington Post reports him telling the government attorneys. "She fled and came to the U.S. She was put in expedited removal without actually having a court hearing", said attorney Jennifer Chang-Newell. The group excoriated the administration for the new policy.

The lawsuit, involving a dozen asylum-seekers - Carmen and her daughter, the eight still in custody, and four others who have also already been removed - was filed Tuesday by the ACLU and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies.

Carmen and her daughter were not separated when they crossed the border, but their chances of remaining in the USA were slim after she failed a "credible fear" test created to determine whether her asylum claim could be honored. By Thursday evening, the mother and her daughter had landed in El Salvador. "It's outrageous to me that while we were working around the clock, filing briefings for this case's early morning hearing, that people in the government were actively arranging for Carmen's deportation".

Justice Department attorney Erez Rueveni told the judge that he wasn't aware of the impending deportation, and couldn't immediately confirm the location of Carmen and her daughter.

As Carmen is with a child, and, therefore, can not be held in a typical facility for adults or separated from her child under current policy, it is likely they will be released into the American interior, free, despite having failed their credible fear determination.

The judge told them to "turn the plane around" if necessary. The immigrants were deported ahead of a scheduled hearing with the court on Thursday.

Her asylum attempt appeared to have been thwarted by new rules introduced by the Trump administration in June, which block courts from granting asylum to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence.

The crux of the ACLU's appeal is that Sessions' clarification of asylum law, announced in June, is illegal.

He also ordered the government to stop removing people from the country who are seeking protection from gang and domestic violence.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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