What to Do When You’re Detained for Immigration Reasons

You have been detained for reasons related to your immigration status.  No doubt you are scared and worried that you will be deported.  Although you are grateful that an immigration bond allowed you to legally leave the detention center, you realize it is just a temporary solution.  What now?

When you find yourself battling immigration charges, you quickly find out that paying the bond is only the beginning. There is a great deal of work to be done to either avoid or delay removal from the country. While it may seem like your options are limited, there are some things you can do to turn the odds in your favor. There are more immigration advocacy resources today than there have ever been before and you can put them to work for you, even in the face of an increasingly less friendly political climate.

Resources for those Facing Deportation

One of the good things about an immigration bond is that it allows you to seek out help while you’re not confined to a deportation center.  Here are some useful resources that can assist in your quest to stay in this country.

Community Advocacy Groups

Depending on where you live, there may be one or several volunteer organizations that can help you understand your rights and responsibilities under current immigration law. Whether it’s a national organization like the Immigration Advocates Network or a more local option, these groups provide information, support during some incredibly difficult and uncertain times. They can lobby on your behalf to keep your family together while you explore your options to get a delay or reversal of your deportation order. While these groups are more prevalent in urban areas, more and more are popping up in the wake of the current political environment.

Here in Houston, a group name FIEL (“For Families and their Education”) provides immigration services and may direct you on how to proceed.  This may include retention of an immigration attorney.

Immigration Attorneys

An experienced and knowledgeable immigration lawyer might be your most valuable asset in preventing or delaying deportation. They know the law inside and out and can help you explore legal avenues you never thought possible. There are even some non-profit legal groups that can help you get the information you need to successfully plead your case in court. Low-income or non-English-speaking immigrants no longer have to worry about adequate representation under the current legal system. The right lawyer can help you stay in the country legally and start building your life in the United States in peace without constant fear of legal repercussions.

It’s important to remember that paying the immigration bond is only step one of the legal process. Once you’re out on bond, it’s critical that you form a realistic and effective legal strategy with your attorney and support system.

We Can Help

One of your first steps will be obtaining your temporary release once a bond amount has been set. Freedom Bail Bonds is ready to help you take the time you need to figure it all out. Contact us today to see what we can do for you.

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