Judge halts deportation, issues threat to Sessions

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Thousands of people seek asylum each month at U.S. Customs and Border Protection stations along the southwest border.

Attorneys for the civil rights organization and the U.S. Department of Justice had agreed to delay removal proceedings for Carmen until 11:59 p.m. Thursday so they could argue the matter in court.

Sullivan directed Sesssions and Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, to appear in his courtroom with their lawyers if they don't comply with his order to return the immigrants.

All this as the administration targets legal immigrants, and the First Lady's parents gained USA citizenship under a plan President Trump wants to end.

But while in court arguing that deportation of their plaintiffs should be delayed, ACLU attorneys learned on Thursday that Carmen and her daughter were already in the process of being deported.

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As a federal judge listened to the disagreements soliciting to stop the expulsion of varied Central American women seeking asylum, he was enlightened that a woman and her daughter at the crux of the case had been accompanied from a Texas shelter, taken to the airport and placed on in a plane to El Salvador.

The ACLU, who represents Carmen and her daughter, explained that Carmen had been abused for years in El Salvador, noting she suffered "two decades of horrific sexual abuse by her husband and death threats from a violent gang". "That someone seeking justice in USA court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?" "We will not rest until our clients are returned to safety". "It's outrageous to me that while we were working around the clock, filing briefings for this case's early morning hearing, that people in the government were actively arranging for Carmen's deportation".

The justice department did not immediately return a request for comment.

"Carmen's husband routinely raped and treated her as property, even after they live apart from each other".

Successful applicants typically enter the country to flee persecution due to their race, religion, nationality or political views.

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The number of immigrants who didn't pass credible fear screenings rose in June, according to new statistics the government released Tuesday. The board found that the woman was a member of a particular social group eligible for asylum - in this case, married women in Guatemala who could not leave their relationship.

Carmen is one of several witnesses suing the Trump administration after Sessions announced in June that domestic and gang violence were not credible asylum claims.

Earlier this year, the Justice Department made it more hard for immigrants claiming to be victims of domestic or gang violence to get asylum. By Thursday evening, the mother and her daughter had landed in El Salvador.

None of the adults had been separated from their children as part of President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy. The American Civil Liberties Union claimed that "Carmen" had been put on a plane and sent home, meaning that she was deported in the midst of a court hearing to appeal her deportation orders.

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