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

11 August 2018

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said in court that the government must "turn the plane around", The Washington Post reported.

"This is pretty outrageous that someone seeking justice in USA court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her", Sullivan said.

According to the Post, attorneys for Carmen learned "during a brief recess" in court that the woman and her daughter had been removed from a family detention center and were heading for an airport in San Antonio.

"That someone seeking justice in US court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?" the judge asked.

"I'm not happy about this at all", he continued, adding it was "not acceptable".

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

It argues the administration is wrongly rejecting asylum claims based on domestic abuse and gang violence.

The ACLU represents 12 people in the suit, including three children, from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, who had entered the US and sought asylum, but were been denied in a preliminary interview used to establish a "credible fear" of returning home. The plane landed in El Salvador, but Carmen and her daughter "never got off" and were flown back to the USA, according to NBC News.

But the ACLU said they had learned during Thursday's emergency hearing that the mother and daughter had already been put on a flight back to El Salvador by U.S. authorities.

The Justice Department declined a request for comment. Carmen knew of people killed by their husbands after going to police and by this gang and thus fled to the US.

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

He also ordered the government to stop removing people from the country who are seeking protection from gang and domestic violence.

The crux of the ACLU's appeal is that Sessions' clarification of asylum law, announced in June, is illegal.

During the hearing, the judge ordered a temporary stay on deporting the nine women and three children who filed the lawsuit, according to a court filing.

But Attorney General Jeff Sessions, along with Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and other officials, could face consequences for the government's handling of the case if the judge believes they did not fully comply with his orders.

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

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