Judge stops mother-daughter deportation to El Salvador
Threatens to hold Att. General Jeff Session in contempt
August 10, 2018
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions at his confirmation hearing. Did he want that job in order to advance an extreme right wing nationalist agenda?
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - A federal judge in Washington actually stopped a deportation in progress Thursday and in addition, threatened to hold the United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt.
That, after finding out the Trump administration started to remove a woman and her daughter even while a court hearing appealing their deportations was underway.
A Washington Post story quotes District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan 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?"
Sullivan added that the situation is “not acceptable.” The Post report says the woman is known only in court papers as Carmen and that she’s a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed this week by the American Civil Liberties Union.
That ACLU action challenges a policy change by the Department of Justice that seeks to speed up the removal of asylum seekers who fail to prove their cases.
The policy change also excludes domestic and gang violence as justifications for granting asylum in this country – a change which would appear to indicate some asylum seekers, once transferred back to their home countries, may face physical violence perhaps even death in some cases where the asylum seekers had fled to escape gang violence and threats.
In the case of Carmen, she reportedly fled from El Salvador with her daughter in June because she thought they would be killed by gang members who’d demanded she pay them money each month or suffer the consequences.
According to the Post story, the ACLU says that eventually government attorneys informed them after the hearing that the pair was on a flight to El Salvador but the Justice Department reportedly told the ACLU the pair would be flown back to Texas and returned to the detention center after landing.
Jeff Sessions and Steve Bannon: the cozy pair
In March of last year, the New York Times Magazine ran an interesting piece of reporting on Attorney General Sessions and Donald Trump's former chief political strategist Steve Bannon, who used to run the far right wing Breitbart News website.
The report, found here is about their cozy relationship built on “shared visions.” The report says both men feel immigration (at least when it comes to non-whites from south of the border) is a “galvanizing issue, lying at the center of their apparent vision for reshaping the United States by tethering it to its European and Christian origins."
The story notes that one night in September 2014 when he was chief executive of Breitbart News, "Stephen Bannon hosted cocktails and dinner at the Washington townhouse where he lived and:
"Beneath elaborate chandeliers and flanked by gold drapes and stately oil paintings, Jeff Sessions, then a senator from Alabama, sat next to the guest of honor: Nigel Farage, the insurgent British politician, who first met Sessions two years earlier when Bannon introduced them. Farage was building support for his right-wing party by complaining in the British press about “uncontrolled mass immigration.” Sessions, like other attendees, was celebrating the recent collapse in Congress of bipartisan immigration reform, which would have provided a path to citizenship for some undocumented people.”
And then there was this:
“Bannon and Sessions have effectively presented the country’s changing demographics — the rising number of minority and foreign-born residents — as America’s chief internal threat...talking to Bannon on air in September 2015, Sessions, who has received awards from virulently anti-immigrant groups, described the present day as a dangerous period of “radical change” for America, comparing it to the decades of the early 20th century, when waves of immigrants flooded the country.
He said that the 1924 immigration quota system, which barred most Asians and tightly capped the entry of Italians, Jews, Africans and Middle Easterners, “was good for America.”
“While Bannon was chief executive, Breitbart created a specific tag for articles called “black crime” and ran article after article demonizing the Black Lives Matter movement (calling protesters “blood-lusting junkies”) and showing Latino immigrants as violent (“One Sex Offender Illegal Alien Caught After Another Alleged Offender Legalized”).