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Disappeared and Departed

Disappeared and Departed

By Lucero Chavez, ACLU of Southern California & Sean Riordan, ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties at 7:35pm
Why are so many Mexican nationals with deep family ties in the United States and strong claims to reside here lawfully instead "choosing" to be immediately expelled from the country? Because immigration enforcement authorities in Southern California routinely pressure these immigrants – some of whom have been here for decades – to surrender their right to seek legal status. Through abuse of a process known as "administrative voluntary departure," Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers compel these immigrants to involuntarily sign summary expulsion orders. Today, the ACLU and Cooley LLP filed suit in California to challenge these endemic abuses.
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