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Judge orders plane carrying deported mother, daughter to turn around

11 August 2018

"That someone seeking justice in USA court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her".

A federal judge in Washington threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court Thursday after halting the deportation of a mother and daughter who were sent home in the middle of appealing their removal.

According to the lawsuit, the migrant mother, known under the alias "Carmen", came to the USA with her young daughter after two decades of sexual abuse from her husband and death threats from a local gang in her native El Salvador.

"He should be [held in contempt]", Schmidt said, responding to Tur's description of a judge's threat to hold Sessions in contempt over the deportation.

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

He said any delay in bringing them back would be intolerable.

An American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)-represented mother-daughter pair, caught crossing the southern border, were being moved in preparation for removal hundreds of miles away in Texas. I'm not happy about this at all.

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.

"This is pretty outrageous", U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said after he was informed about the flight, the Post said.

"Upon arrival in El Salvador, the plaintiffs did not disembark and are now en route back to the United States", the department said in an emailed statement.

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

The Justice Department declined a request for comment. Further, a gang held her at gunpoint in May and demanded she pay a monthly "tax" or they would kill her and her daughter. Several co-workers at the factory where Carmen worked had been murdered, and her husband is also abusive, the paper added, citing records.

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

A "credible fear" interview is a threshold screening that determines whether there is a "significant possibility" that an immigrant could show they are eligible for asylum in a full hearing with evidence, witnesses, and appeals.

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

Judge orders plane carrying deported mother, daughter to turn around