Curbing ‘voluntary return’

The U.S. Border Patrol hopes to eliminate the use of “voluntary return” for illegal aliens in the Tucson Sector, replacing it with prosecution and removal initiatives that will have an important and lasting impact.

Voluntary return, often dubbed “catch and release,” is an administrative action that began about three decades ago and involves arresting Mexican illegal aliens who do not have criminal backgrounds. They are processed and dropped off at the border, often within hours.
The only penalty is a quick non-judicial return to Mexico.
In contrast, formal removals and deportations carry penalties ranging from bans on legal re-entry to felony prosecution for subsequent illegal re-entries.

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