Homeland Security RETURNS deported woman and her daughter after judge's order

Elias Hubbard
August 11, 2018

So far, there's been no reaction from the Justice Department.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan of the District of Columbia ordered the government to temporarily stop future deportations of all witnesses in the American Civil Liberties Union's lawsuit against the federal government for revoking asylum criteria that includes people saying they are in danger of domestic or gang violence in their home country.

The liberal ACLU, accustomed to representing illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers in court, had struck a deal with the DOJ to halt proceedings against the woman, known only as 'Carmen, ' until midnight Thursday.

If they fail to comply, the judge said, Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and other senior Homeland Security officials would have to convince him not to hold them in contempt of court.

"This is pretty outrageous", Sullivan said.

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.

So the judge did something highly unusual: He demanded the administration turn around the plane carrying the plaintiffs to Central America and bring them back to the United States.

"I'm not happy about this at all", he continued.

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

Sullivan, who sits on the US court in the District of Columbia, threatened to hold Sessions in contempt of court.

Law&Crime reached out to the Justice Department for comment, but they have yet to respond. The deported mother and daughter were en route back to the USA later Thursday. Several co-workers at the factory where Carmen worked had been murdered, and her husband is also abusive, the records state.

Under the fast-track removal system, created in 1996, asylum seekers are interviewed to determine whether they have a "credible fear" of returning home.

The ACLU lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala - eight women, one man and three children.

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.

From there, Sessions has argued, asylum-seekers are typically released into the interior of the country while they await hearings, often years away.

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