Judge orders plane carrying deported immigrants to return to US


The woman - identified in court as Carmen - is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed this week against the administration by the American Civil Liberties Union over efforts to prevent immigrants from seeking asylum due to domestic and gang violence in their home countries.

Sessions has led efforts by the Trump Administration to crack down on illegal immigration, including the adoption of a zero tolerance policy that briefly included separating immigrant parents from their children while they were in USA detention.

The lawsuit, known as Grace v. Sessions, argues that the policies cut against American and global laws that recognize gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum and that they gut the protections the process is supposed to offer.

"This is pretty outrageous", Sullivan told USA attorneys, according to The Washington Post.

According to the lawsuit, Carmen and her young daughter fled El Salvador "to escape two decades of horrific sexual abuse by her husband and death threats from a violent gang".

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A federal judge on Thursday ordered [text, PDF] the government to return two asylum seekers to the United States after they were put on a flight to El Salvador.

The mother, known in court documents by the pseudonym Carmen to protect her identity, and her daughter were challenging Trump administration rules that largely bar the use of domestic and gang violence as the basis for asylum applications. Even after Carmen moved away from her husband, he raped her, stalked her and threatened to kill her, the lawsuit states.

A federal judge halted a deportation its tracks on Thursday after learning the mother-daughter pair being sent back to El Salvador was in the middle of their asylum appeal trial.

A Homeland Security Department official later told The Wall Street Journal that hours later the mother-daughter duo were on American soil again.

The plane landed in El Salvador, but Carmen and her child were allowed to return to the United States.

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The litigation known as Grace v. Sessions, debates that policies framed against American and global laws that concede gender specific oppression as premise for asylum and they instinctually preserve the process is supposed to provide.

He said the changes were meant to get the asylum system back to its original intent of providing protections to those fleeing government persecution for their race, religion, political beliefs or membership in some other protected class. Critics have blasted the new policy as an affront to human rights and a systemic attack on immigrant women.

The Justice Department declined a request for comment, the Post reported.

"The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes-such as domestic violence or gang violence-or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, can not itself establish an asylum claim", Sessions wrote. But that process can take years, and few of the asylum-seekers show up to be deported if they lost their cases. Those who pass get a full hearing in immigration court.

But first an asylum officer and later an immigration judge rejected the asylum petition. District Judge Emmet Sullivan had been assured the pair would not be deported to El Salvador before midnight Thursday.

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