The judge ordered the government to turn the plane around and bring the asylum-seeking mother and child back to the US.
He said that if the situation wasn’t fixed he would consider contempt proceedings — starting with the attorney general.
— ACLU (@ACLU) August 9, 2018
Courtesy of NBC News:
In a federal courtroom in Washington on Thursday, a judge heard about something the Trump administration had just done that clearly angered him. The government, he learned, had deported an immigrant mother and daughter who are plaintiffs in the lawsuit the judge was hearing over asylum restrictions.
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. And he ordered the government to stop removing plaintiffs in the case from the country who are seeking protection from gang and domestic violence.
The U.S. district judge, Emmet Sullivan, of the District of Columbia, was presiding over a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Center for Gender and Refugee Studies on Tuesday. He had earlier been assured by the government in open court that no plaintiffs in the suit would be deported before midnight Friday.
A Department of Homeland Security official said the agency is “complying with the court’s order, and upon arrival in El Salvador, the plaintiffs will not disembark and will be promptly returned to the United States.”
According to the ACLU lawyer, the asylum seeker was specifically seeking asylum to escape gang violence in her country and said that she was in danger of being raped, beaten, or even killed.
Personally, I would love to see Sessions face a contempt charge.
Coul you even imagine the type of tweet storm that would elicit?