Customs and Border Protection is just outright ignoring court orders now:
An Iranian student planning to attend Northeastern University was removed from the country overnight Monday in defiance of a court order, his lawyer said, and a federal judge said Monday there was nothing left for the courts to do in the case.
Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein, 24, had been detained by Customs and Border Protection at Logan International Airport since arriving in the US on Sunday. Hossein’s lawyers filed an emergency petition to block his deportation Monday night, and Judge Allison D. Burroughs ordered a 48-hour stay of removal.
But before that hearing took place, Hossein was flown out of the country, one of his lawyers, Susan Church, said in a text message to the Globe Tuesday morning, “In defiance of the order.”
At the scheduled hearing Tuesday morning, Judge Richard Stearns said the case was now moot, since the student was already out of the country.
A lawyer for Hossein asked that he be returned to the US, but the judge said there was little he could do now that the student was gone. “I don’t think they’re going to listen to me,” Stearns said.
I wonder what could give them the idea that they’re above the law?