This is a bridge too far but it was bound to happen. We are a nation of laws and judges have the final word in many cases. As reported by the Washington Times:
A furious federal judge threatened Thursday to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court in a touchy case over asylum seekers’ rights after learning that some plaintiffs might have been deported in defiance of his wishes.
Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said the government appeared to have “spirited away” a woman and her child who’d fled a violent husband and were seeking asylum in the U.S., but who were struggling against a new tougher asylum policy Mr. Sessions created in June.
The mother, known in court files by the pseudonym “Carmen,” was taken from her detention facility and likely put on a plane Thursday morning, the American Civil Liberties Union said — even though the Justice Department had promised the court none of the plaintiffs would be deported before the judge could rule.
“Turn that plane around,” the judge ordered the government, while repeatedly saying he was “extremely upset” with the development.
He threatened to start issuing show-cause orders and then hold people in contempt of court if the situation wasn’t immediately remedied.
“I’m gonna start with the attorney general,” he told the Justice Department’s lawyer, Erez Reuveni.
CNN is also reporting this breaking story.
A federal judge on Thursday blocked the Trump administration from deporting immigrants while they’re fighting for their right to stay in the US — reportedly excoriating the administration and threatening to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt.
DC District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Thursday agreed with the American Civil Liberties Union that the immigrants they are representing in a federal lawsuit should not be deported while their cases are pending.
During court, Sullivan was incensed at the report that one of the plaintiffs was in the process of being deported, according to The Washington Post. He threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt if his order wasn’t followed, the report added.
“This is pretty outrageous,” Sullivan said, according to the Post. “That someone seeking justice in US court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?”
“I’m not happy about this at all,” he continued, adding it was “not acceptable.”
The lawsuit was brought by immigrants only referred to by their pseudonyms in court: Grace, Mina, Gina, Mona, Maria, Carmen and her daughter J.A.C.F. and Gio. According to the Post, Carmen was in the midst of deportation.
After the hearing, Sullivan issued an emergency order halting the deportation of any of the immigrants as he considers whether he has broader authority in the case.
The lawsuit brought by the ACLU is challenging a recent decision by Sessions to make it nearly impossible for victims of domestic violence and gangs to qualify for asylum in the US. That decision was followed by implementation guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that almost immediately began turning away potentially thousands of asylum seekers at the southern border.