Amarillo, TX asked in Immigration Law for Texas

Q: Who grants voluntary return?

I went to jail first time class a misdemeanor. I pretty sure border patrol picked me up and 30 min later I agreed to return instead of jail just to get deported anyways. Them i found out I was a witness smuggling. I didn't sign for that or hell who know what I signed?

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Lindsay G Gray

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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Austin, TX

A: Almost always CBP (Customs and Border Patrol) because voluntary return is almost always granted at the border. ICE used to grant VR in certain circumstances several years back, but I have not heard of it happening recently. Voluntary departure (which is different than voluntary return) can be granted before removal proceedings are instituted by ICE, or by an immigration judge.

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