Topics

Immigration
Broaden the 'voluntary departure' settlement
Broaden the 'voluntary departure' settlement

Federal immigration agents often persuade migrants from Mexico suspected of being in the U.S. illegally to sign what are known as "voluntary departure" forms, in which the detainees agree to leave the country without a deportation hearing. Used properly, the process is an expedient way to dispose of cases in which the violation is clear and the detainee chooses not to fight. Unfortunately, some immigration agents in Southern California have been lying to detainees about the consequences of leaving voluntarily — for some, up to a 10-year ban on returning. Detainees also complain that federal agents have interfered with their efforts to seek legal advice and threatened...

Loading