Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Legal Action Center Files FOIA Suit Against CBP, DHS for Failure to Disclose Records on ‘Voluntary’ Returns

Released on Fri, Jun 08, 2012

"Washington D.C. – Yesterday, the Legal Action Center (LAC) at
the American Immigration Council, in collaboration with Hughes Socol
Piers Resnick & Dym, filed suit against Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for
unlawfully withholding records concerning voluntary returns of
noncitizens from the United States to their countries of origin. Between
January 2009 and April 2011, CBP managed 662,485 voluntary returns of
Mexican nationals.

Voluntary return, also known as “administrative voluntary departure,”
is a procedure whereby CBP officers permit noncitizens to voluntarily