A Miami federal judge ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to halt its planned deportation of 92 Somalis after what was described as a harrowing two-day ordeal on an initial attempt.

“The judge acted just in time,” Rebecca Sharpless, lead attorney on the lawsuit and director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Miami School of Law, said Wednesday. ”The government confirmed that our clients would have been on a flight to Somalia” Wednesday morning if not for the order issued late Tuesday following a hearing by phone.

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