An immigrant can agree to be deported by:
- Signing a “stipulated order of removal” without ever appearing in front of a judge; or
- Requesting “voluntary departure” or removal during their hearing.
It is often a bad idea to agree to be deported, especially if the immigrant is a lawful permanent resident.
The consequences of being deported are harsh. The immigrant may never be able to legally return to the United States, and if they try to do so, they could be put in jail for several years, as it is a federal felony to re-enter the United States following deportation. Before agreeing to be deported, it is best that the immigrant speak with a good immigration attorney to weigh all the options.