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US judge halts mother-daughter deportation: rights group

AFP  |  Washington 

A halted the of a mother and daughter yesterday -- but threatened to hold Jeff Sessions in after began amid their appeal, the said.

The woman and her daughter were part of a group of immigrants who had fled "extreme sexual and gang violence" in Central America, according to the ACLU.

The rights group and the filed a lawsuit on their behalf Tuesday to challenge the deportation, which prompted a hearing held yesterday.

The ACLU said the blocked the while the case was pending. But, "while in court, we found out that the government had deported a client and her young child just hours before, putting their lives at risk," the group said in a series of tweets.

"This directly contradicts the government's commitment to the court that NO ONE would be removed until tomorrow at the earliest."

The organization added that the ordered the government to "turn the plane around" or face potential contempt proceedings, "starting with the "

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, quoted by the Washington Post, branded the situation "outrageous." "That someone seeking justice in is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?" he said. "I'm not happy about this at all.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 04:42 IST