A new agreement announced on August 27, 2014 states that Homeland security officials will not use intimidation or threats against immigrants facing deportation. Furthermore, the Los Angeles Times reports that many immigrants with ties to Southern California who voluntarily left the United States under threats will be allowed to return. This potentially historical settlement only pertains to Southern California, but some of the reforms may be adopted nationwide.
This settlement will directly affect individuals who were voluntarily deported from Southern California between the years 2009 and 2013. The group involved in the lawsuit claimed that federal agents used intimidation and misinformation to persuade immigrants to voluntarily leave the country. Even individuals with no serious criminal records and long standing ties to Southern California were coerced, tricked and encouraged to leave the country.