Washington D.C. judge threatened to hold the attorney general and other Trump administration officials in contempt for deporting a mother and her daughter against the judges’ orders. It is a case of an ongoing legal battle over asylum claims.
District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan in his written order scolded Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ordered the government to “return Carmen and her daughter to the United States.”
Carmen is a pseudonym for the woman, who was seeking asylum because of domestic abuse in El Salvador, along with her daughter. Their case was being argued in the court by ACLU and it is believed that the Trump administration had agreed to keep them in the U.S. until midnight tonight.
“Carmen’s husband routinely raped and treated her as property, even after they live apart from each other. 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.
Sullivan called the deportation “outrageous” and questioned why “someone seeking justice in U.S. court” … would be “spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?”
According to the sources, the government complied with the Washington D.C. judge’s order and Carmen and her daughter never got the chance to get off the plane in El Salvador. Instead, they were flown back to Houston.
Earlier this year, the Justice Department made it much more difficult for immigrants, who claimed to be victims of domestic or gang violence and wanted asylum.
“People are not going to caravan or otherwise stampede our border, we need legality and integrity in our immigration system,” Sessions said on May 7.
The Department of Justice did not comment on the case or over the judges’ threat to hold the attorney general in contempt. Carmen and her daughter will go back to an ICE facility in Dilly, Texas. Their future in this country is still to be decided as the legal case continues.