Judge Threatens to Hold Sessions in Contempt of Court over Asylum Seekers’ Deportation

HeadlineAug 10, 2018

A federal judge has threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in contempt of court after learning immigration authorities had already begun the deportation of a Salvadoran mother and her daughter, despite the two being plaintiffs in a pending ACLU lawsuit challenging Sessions’s efforts to stop people fleeing gang violence and domestic violence from qualifying for asylum. Federal Judge Emmet Sullivan slammed the administration, saying, “This is pretty outrageous. That someone seeking justice in U.S. court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?” Judge Sullivan has now ordered the administration to return the mother and daughter to the United States immediately. They had already been flown to El Salvador. They’ve now been returned to Houston.

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