My friend wants to leave the USA. He entered the country illegally at age 10, he's 21 now, still no papers. He wants to fly from Las Vegas (where he resides now) to Dominican Republic (1 stop in Atlanta). He recently got his mexican passport and a mexican CID card issued by the mexican consulate in Las Vegas. He doesn't have any sort of ID issued by US entities, no american visa. Can he travel without any risk of being deported? He isnt planning to come back so returning to the USA isnt an issue here.
As long as he has a valid passport from his home country, and a visa of his destination country, if he needs one, he will be allowed to board and leave the U.S.
However, he must be aware that he will not be allowed to return to the U.S. for at least 10 years, even if he would have a basis for a visa.
Until he boards his plane in Atlanta, there is a risk that he may be arrested if he gets into a checkpoint by border patrol.
Wolf W. Kaufmann
Southern California Immigration Attorney
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