One of the most powerful tools the government has in cracking down on undocumented immigrants is to detain them after an arrest. If this happens to a loved one, there are some things you need to know about immigration detention.
The government uses this tactic because it believes an undocumented immigrant is either a flight risk or poses a threat to public safety. By detaining an immigrant, it allows the government to keep track of that person before appearing in court. Some other reasons include:
- The person had committed a crime or multiple crimes
- Arrived in the U.S. illegally without obtaining a visa or applying for asylum or refugee status
- There is an outstanding deportation order on his/her record
- Missed immigration hearing dates
As we’ve explained previously, immigration detention centers are not the nicest places to live. And with the immigration court system being so backed up, it can take months, even years before a loved one’s case is heard. Once the immigrant is detained, he/she will be assigned a deportation officer. This officer can give the detainee a choice:
- Voluntarily leave the country
- Waive the right to any hearings and agree to have a removal order entered against him/her (known as a stipulated removal)
- or some other form of release from detention
A detainee should consider these choices carefully before making a decision. For example, if you choose to leave the country voluntarily, you could forgo any chance of getting asylum. It is best to speak with an immigration lawyer about these choices because the attorney could recommend a better form of relief than the deportation officer fails to mention.
The best option to get your loved one out of immigration detention and fast is to obtain an immigration bond. Similar to a bail bond, an immigration bond is a guarantee that the immigrant will show up at all hearings and obey any order the judge issues. Instead of paying the full amount of the bond, you will only pay for a precentage.
If you are in need of an immigration bond, let us help you. Contact the Houston immigration bondsmen at Freedom Federal Bonding Agency today and get your loved one free. Hablamos Espanol.