The following day, Sullivan issued a ruling striking down a Justice Department policy that prohibited immigrants from seeking asylum if they are fleeing domestic abuse or gang violence. In a 107-page ruling, Sullivan called the guidelines put in place by former Attorney General Jeff Session “arbitrary” and said Congress has the power to change the rules for asylum-seekers, not the Executive Branch. Because “it is the will of Congress — not the whims of the Executive—that determines the standard for expedited removal, the Court finds that those policies are unlawful,” Sullivan wrote. During his decision, Sullivan also prevented the government “from continuing to apply those policies and from removing plaintiffs who are currently in the United States without first providing credible fear determinations consistent with the immigration laws.” He also ordered officials “to return to the United States the plaintiffs who were unlawfully deported and to provide them with new credible fear determinations consistent with the immigration laws.” This isn’t the first time Sullivan excoriated the government for the way it treated undocumented immigrants. Back in August, he ordered government lawyers to return a woman and her child who had been hastily deported, telling DOJ attorneys to “turn that plane around and bring those people back to the United States.” So who is Judge Sullivan? told NBC News. “He’s somebody that loathes any hint of governmental misconduct. If we’re doing something not to his liking, he’ll let us know about it.” This week, the Trump Administration and its former officials learned that lesson, loud and clear.
This is Judge Emmet Sullivan. He basically told Mike Flynn he's not here for his traitorish bullsh-t, or his lawyer's argument that he didn't understand lying to the FBI was a serious crime. pic.twitter.com/ByAHC3WEb8— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) December 18, 2018