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Sessions, Nielsen Ordered to Face Judge If Deportation Not Reversed

Patricia Hurtado, Edvard Pettersson
Sessions, Nielsen Ordered to Face Judge If Deportation Not Reversed

A federal judge ordered U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen to personally appear before him if the government fails to return a mother and her daughter who were deported to El Salvador even as the judge was considering their fate. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan in Washington took the extraordinary step of holding two members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet personally accountable after Sullivan learned that even while a hearing in the matter was underway Thursday afternoon, immigration authorities had already put the mother and daughter on an airplane. The judge’s threat to hold Sessions and Nielsen in contempt of court if they didn’t comply with his order is the latest fallout over the Trump administration’s push to deport undocumented immigrants as quickly as possible.