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Some observers say that Vides’ move to voluntarily leave the country and not allow U.S. authorities to escort him to El Salvador is a way for the former high-ranking general to save face in the midst of what must be viewed as a humiliating deportation process.
 
"It’s far less humiliating for a person to go back on his own than to go back as a formal deportee of the U.S. government," Cynthia Arnson, the director of the Latin American program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, told Fox News Latino. "Once he’s been ordered to be deported, however, it would be strange if someone was allowed to go back on his own."
 
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