SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents in Washington state got a rare request earlier this month: a man illegally in the country asked to be deported.
According to a weekly report from Border Patrol’s Blaine sector, the Mexican national walked into the Bellingham office on Feb. 2 and requested to return to his country. Agents then arrested him, saw he had a previous order of deportation, and processed him for removal.
Blaine Border Patrol spokesman Richard Sinks says that he has not seen a similar case in recent memory in western Washington. He did not have more details from the February case.
However, Sinks says similar incidents happen occasionally on the southern border with people who want to return home for reasons that vary from family emergencies to holiday visits.