Is it possible that immigrant bond reform is coming soon?
In April, the ACLU had filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government over bonds for detained immigrants. According to the suit, the government has set unreasonable bonds for immigrants, including those seeking asylum, but failing to consider the immigrant’s financial resources or the ability to pay. The ACLU suit was filed to bring attention to the lack of standards immigrant bonds have as compared to criminal case when it sets bail bonds for immigrants.
Unlike regular bail bonds, where a judge considers the person’s ties to the community, the crime the person is accused of, and the individual’s financial circumstances when setting bail, immigration judges do not have the same standards. Because of this, many immigrants and their loved ones cannot afford the bond set by these judges and are stuck in detention for several years.
The U.S. Department of Justice agrees with the ACLU lawsuit; the agency recently stated that “incarcerating individuals solely because of their inability to pay for release” is unconstitutional.
According to a recent Vice article, there are more than 30,000 immigrants in custody right now and many are waiting for authorities to process their case, something that could take years. A recent ruling entitled immigrants in some states to a new bond hearing every six months, but this doesn’t mean the price of the bond will decrease.
At Freedom Federal Bonding Agency, we understand the difficulties your family faces in trying to get your loved one out of jail. That is why we are prepared to help you in any way we can. Contact our immigration bail bondsmen today and let us help you get your loved one free.