San Antonio, TX – When an undocumented alien is arrested by the ICE, he or she will be placed in a detention facility. One of the ways to get out of such a place is to pay an immigration bond, but this won’t be easy.
There are several detention centers across Texas, most of them situated in remote locations where migrants don’t have access to legal counsel. Detention centers are run by private companies, bent on making good profits. No wonder conditions in these facilities are appalling.
If someone you love was arrested by the ICE you must help them get out of there. To do that, you should look up an experienced immigration lawyer in San Antonio.
Once you’ve located the center where your loved one is being held, you must speak with the deportation officer in charge, who can help you call the detainee. You must ask whether a bond has been set.
Deportation officers can decide the fate of a migrant. Here are the options:
Releasing the migrant on his/her own recognizance
This is used mostly for migrants with a family that includes small children or other migrants who are not deemed a flight risk.
Setting an immigration bond
This is when the officer determines the migrant is not much of a flight risk and can be released if they pay a certain sum. The minimum immigration bond is set at $1,500, but in many cases, it can be increased to $20,000. If the migrant attends the immigration hearing where the judge decides whether he or she should be deported, the money will be refunded. If a migrant skips town, they lose the bond money.
If the ICE has not set a bond, your immigration lawyers can request a bond hearing before an immigration judge. Keep in mind that migrants who have committed certain crimes or those who already have a deportation order on their record, will not get bond.
Placing the immigrant in an alternative program
San Antonio leads the country in the use of ICE’s Alternative to Detention programs. Such programs include:
- Community-based supervised release
- Designated residence at a specific accommodation center
- Electronic tagging and/or tracking
- Home curfews
How much time do migrants spend in ICE detention?
All detention centers in the southern states are overcrowded and official guidelines say the cases should be judged with maximum speed. According to statistics, individuals were held in ICE custody for an average of 55 days. However, the figure refers to the time it takes to decide a case and does not take into account the time spent in a detention center prior to the start of the case.
Immigrants who defend themselves against deportation can expect to spend at least six months in detention. This is one of the reasons you should hire a seasoned deportation lawyer as soon as possible.
Your attorneys will need time to decide on the best deportation defense strategy and gather the required evidence.
If you’re afraid you or someone you love might get deported or if you’ve received a Notice to Appear, get in touch with an experienced immigration lawyer at the Law Office of J. Joseph Cohen, servicing the San Antonio area.
San Antonio, TX
206 East Locust Street
Source: American Immigration Council – Alternatives to Immigration Detention
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