Your sister was picked up and accused of shoplifting. Even though you are certain she is innocent, you know she doesn’t have proper papers. It takes some time, but you ultimately learn your sister is being moved from jail. It turns out she is being detained and placed on immigration hold.
It’s somewhat of the proverbial Catch 22. More than likely, the undocumented or illegal immigrant has done everything possible to keep under the radar. The criminal charges do not have to be true. However, the arrest can be the start of a series of legal problems. And, surely warrant the need for professional assistance.
No doubt your first challenge will be securing the release of the detainee from immigration hold. Learn how an experienced bail bonds agency can help secure freedom until the court hearing.
What Initiates an Immigration Hold?
You may want to take a look at one of our prior articles regarding the immigration hold process. Meanwhile, you should also know that an immigration hold is also referred to as an immigration detainer.
For a long time, it may have appeared that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) wasn’t particularly interested in those charged with low-level offenses. Notwithstanding, a recent news story tells a different tale.
Bottom line. The focus has changed from detaining only violent criminals. Instead, anyone in the United States without legal status is potentially viewed as a criminal alien.
Local law enforcements may make the call to ICE. Additionally, federal immigration agents randomly visit local jails and act on their suspicions that someone is not in the country legally.
Here in Texas, the number of immigration detainers easily leads the country. According to government statistics, there was nearly 5,000 immigration holds in April of 2017. In the same month last year, there were only 3,300 immigration detainers.
So, what do you do if your loved one is scheduled for release from jail, but held on immigration detainer?
Helping the Immigration Detainee
Whether it’s your sister or some other loved one, you will mostly initially feel panicked. After all, you’re worried about the obvious. Is deportation a possibility?
The next step will depend on some other considerations. Was there already a removal order in place? Did your loved one refuse to leave or exit and reenter the country? These are a couple of issues that will matter when it comes to your attempts to help the immigration detainee.
In many cases, your loved one will be removed from jail and placed in an immigration detention center. A hearing will be held to determine if an immigration bond can be posted. This bond allows release until the next hearing.
The process of posting an immigration bond can be confusing. It is therefore crucial that you work with an agent who thoroughly understands the process and can properly assist you. At Freedom Federal Bonding Agency, we have the knowledge and resources to help you. Contact us to see how we can help.