Judge orders plane carrying deported mom and daughter back to US

Judge orders government to turn around deportation plane

Judge orders government to turn around deportation plane

The judge expressed outrage, ordering the plane be turned around, suggesting the government be held in contempt starting with the attorney general, and saying it was "unacceptable" that someone in pursuit of justice who has alleged a credible fear in a USA court is spirited away while her attorneys argue for her in court.

An angry federal judge on Thursday ordered a plane carrying a mother and daughter deported by the Trump administration to turn around and head back to the United States because they were plaintiffs in a lawsuit he was hearing over asylum restrictions.

The Justice Department has yet to comment on the incident, but an infuriated Judge Sullivan has since threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt for the attempted deportation, which he says is "unacceptable".

"This is pretty outrageous", the judge said.

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

Sullivan agreed with the ACLU that the immigrants they were representing in a federal lawsuit should not be deported while their cases were pending.

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

The ACLU represents 12 people in the suit, including three children, from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, who had entered the USA and sought asylum, but were been denied in a preliminary interview used to establish a "credible fear" of returning home.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington learned in court that the two plaintiffs in a lawsuit before him were being removed from the United States and confirmed later that they were on a plane headed to Central America. The government indicated that Carmen and her daughter would not be deported before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday to allow Sullivan to hear arguments earlier in the day for why he should halt their removal, according to the court order.

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. Further, a gang held her at gunpoint in May and demanded she pay a monthly "tax" or they would kill her and her daughter.

The fast-track removal system, created in 1996, has asylum-seekers interviewed to determine if they have a "credible fear" of returning to their home countries, the paper said, adding that those who pass get a full hearing in immigration court.

The lawsuit Carmen is involved in included 12 migrants total, three of whom are children.

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

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