Immigration issues have had a lot of media coverage recently, bringing standard practices under scrutiny. While we won’t focus on policies or politics, we can take a closer look at bail options for non- U.S citizens impacted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
ICE is the government unit that arrests anyone found violating U.S immigration law. If you, or someone you know, is arrested in relation to immigration issues, they will be held in jail until their court date or be released on bond. If a detainee meets the qualifications to receive an immigration bail bond, it is important to work with a bail bond company with experience in this area. Both a cash and surety bond may be used, as long as it is posted by a U.S citizen.
Depending on the charge, ICE may also release a detainees on personal recognizance, meaning the suspect promises to be present for all court appearances and not partake in illegal activities while on bail. This costs the detainee nothing, while they begin to work on their case.
While many may question why non-citizens are allowed to be on bail or be released to their family, it is an important part of the process. Like any defendant, detainees need time to be with their family and find an immigration attorney to help them build a case. During this time, an accused person should gather all facts related to a case, including family background, paperwork, timelines, witnesses, and any criminal history.