"This is pretty outrageous", U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan said after he was informed about the flight, the Post said. Turn that plane around and bring those people back to the United States'.
But Attorney General Jeff Sessions, along with Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and other officials, could face consequences for the government's handling of the case if the judge believes they did not fully comply with his orders.
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"I'm not happy about this at all", the judge continued. "This is not acceptable".
Recently, Sessions changed the policy on allowing victims of domestic abuse and gang violence to qualify for asylum.
He lectured Justice Department lawyers about the "unacceptable" move, threatening to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt of court.
Jennifer Chang Newell, managing attorney with the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said in a statement that the administration's actions were putting immigrants in "grave danger".
The judge's decision on Thursday, however, means plaintiffs can remain in the United States, where they are being held in detention facilities, while Sullivan considers the case.
The woman, identified only as Carmen, and her daughter had been scheduled to be deported, but the government agreed to postpone their removal until Thursday night so an appeal of the decision could be heard in court, the Washington Post reported. Some of Carmen's friends and co-workers have already been murdered, the ACLU claims.
But their case was halted when officers found they did not have a "credible fear of persecution".
This woman and her child had fled their home country, seeking asylum from a violent and abusive husband/father. It argues the administration is wrongly rejecting asylum claims based on domestic abuse and gang violence.
The ACLU lawsuit was filed on behalf of 12 migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala - three of them children - all of whom failed their initial "credible fear" interviews. In the suit, Grace said her partner of 22 years, and his two gang member sons from another relationship, repeatedly beat and threatened to kill her and her children.
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 ACLU is using Carmen's story and the similar experiences of the other immigrants to challenge Sessions' ruling on asylum.