Judge Fights Back Against Immigration Policy
August 9, 2018
I practiced law for nineteen years before I decided to spend most of my time writing. During those nineteen years, I’ve heard of some crazy courtroom drama and experienced some of my own on more than one occasion. But, every so often, one story just boggles the legal mind.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan from the District of Columbia, was presiding over a lawsuit filed by the A.C.L.U. (American Civil Liberties Union) and the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. At a prior hearing, the judge was guaranteed that no deportation would take place of the plaintiffs before Friday since this case was pending. The government lied.
While the plane carrying the mother/plaintiff and her daughter were en route to El Salvador, the judge ordered for the plane to turn around. While it didn’t happen, the mother and daughter did not disembark in El Salvador and were being returned to the United States.
Per the ACLU, the judge had suggested contempt charges against the government officials. I have been advocating the same since President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions started their zero tolerance and border separation policy.
If the court issues a ruling and one side doesn’t comply, contempt is the result. And as I wrote before, that gets #### done. Being in contempt sometimes means paying a fine to the court or even spending time in jail. Order a government official to jail until the reunification process between children and their parents are complete, and you will see how fast the problems get resolved.
The unfortunate side of this is that it shows what state our country is in with regards to immigration when things like this happen. While the story is entertaining, it’s also sad.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.