Customs and Border Protection agents are reportedly siding with President Trump, defying the orders of a federal judges ruling on the temporary immigration ban.
“The court’s order could not be clearer… they need to comply with the order,” Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants Rights project, told the medial late Saturday night.
“Rogue customs and Border Patrol agents continue to try to get people on to planes,” Becca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project, told reporters on Sunday. “A lot of people have been handcuffed, a lot of people who don’t speak English are being coerced into taking involuntary departures.”
Attorneys at Washington Dulles Airport in Virginia, San Francisco Airport in California and Dallas-Fort Worth Airport in Texas have reported they are being denied access to detainees and deportations continue.
Homeland Security, which oversees the Border Patrol, issued a statement on Sunday, saying it “will continue to enforce” Trump’s executive order.
U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly granted the stay requested by attorneys from the ACLU in a late-night court session in Brooklyn on Saturday, ordering a halt to deportations of refugees and valid visa-holders from being deported. However, She did not rule on the legality of Trump’s immigration order.
The US law code does specifically mention whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens – immigrants or nonimmigrants – into the United States would be detrimental to the interest of the country, may suspend entry for any period he deems necessary, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.
Lee Gelernt, the attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union who argued in Brooklyn on Saturday night, said lawyers were trying to record incidents of noncompliance so they could go back to court. “The judge will certainly want to know if her orders are not being complied with,” he said. “Eventually you could get to something like contempt, but I think we’re a long way from that.”