In 2019, ICE reported arrested around 143,000 illegal aliens and deported an additional 267,000.
If your loved one has become one of those statistics, you want to secure their freedom as quickly as possible.
Managing to have the temporary released from the immigration detention center they’re being held in allows them to work on a legal defense. This is essential in avoiding deportation.
But how can you secure the release of your loved one? An immigration bond is the best option.
But what is an immigration bond, and how can you pay one? What if you don’t have enough cash on hand? Continue reading to learn the answers to these questions and more.
What Is an Immigration Bond?
An immigration bond allows for the temporary release of someone who has been detained by ICE. ICE is the United States Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They deal with all issues related to illegal aliens and green card holders.
To receive an immigration bond, the detainee must meet certain qualifications. A person with no previous criminal records will generally be allowed to post bond. This isn’t always true, however, because there may be other considerations.
A bond isn’t exactly a “get out of jail free” card. Instead, it allows the detainee to be released until their court date. During this time, they are free to continue working and consult with an immigration lawyer.
One of the stipulations of receiving a bond, however, is that the detainee agrees to show up to all scheduled court dates. If they fail to appear, they will be arrested again. Once a bond is broken, the detainee is no longer eligible for an immigration bond.
What Information Will I Need to Post Bond?
An immigration bond must be gotten by a friend or family member of the detainee. The person paying the bond must be an American citizen. Green card holders also qualify.
To pay the bond, you must have at least the detainee’s full name and their alien registration number. This is how ICE will be able to identify them.
You will also need to know where the person is being held. There are many immigrant detention centers in the United States. Try to stay up-to-date on where the detainee is currently held, because it’s not uncommon for them to be moved.
How Can I Pay the Bond?
The first part of paying the bond is contacting the proper authorities. You’ll need to contact the local ICE office. Inform them you wish to post bail for the detainee.
You’ll need to go in person to the ICE office to pay. Once paid, the officer you work with will contact the detention center to let them know the detainee can be released.
In other circumstances, you’ll need to work with a bond agent to post bail. Make sure you’re speaking to a bondsman that deals specifically with immigration bonds. These are not the same as criminal bonds and require a different skill set.
Paying Upfront in Cash
If you have the cash on hand to pay, this is the easiest option. You simply get a cashier’s check or money order for the bond amount, made out to the Department of Homeland Security. Take this cashier’s check to the local ICE office you contacted.
If you pay the bond in cash, you can have your money refunded to you. The refund happens after the detainee has attended all their court dates. The money isn’t refunded if the detainee fails to show up, however.
Working With a Bondsman
Since immigration bonds are different from regular bail bonds, they must be 100 percent collateralize. The collateral could be in the form of cash, property, or a credit card.
The person who makes the payment directly to ICE must have legal resident status. Keep in mind that it can take up to 72 hours for a bond to register in ICE’s system. The detention center where a detainee is held can be hours away or even in another state. The distance makes it many times a problem if someone travels far to pay an immigration bond just to find out that the bond has not yet registered in the system.
The distance makes working with a bondsman the better choice. They can pay the immigration bond nationwide, directly from their main office.
When the immigration case is over, receiving collateral back from the bondsman you worked with is significantly easier than getting it back from ICE. Immigration bondsmen can also make the process easier by using agents fluent in both English and Spanish.
After Paying the Bond
There are a few important things you need to know after paying the bond. All bonds will require the detainee to meet certain requirements after release. The most common one is to attend all court dates.
Other common bond requirements include:
- Avoiding the use of drugs and alcohol
- Checking in with a local ICE officer at regular intervals
- Maintaining legal employment
- Avoiding the use of welfare
- Avoiding the purchase or use of weapons
These are only a few examples. There may be requirements unique to each case. All requirements will be detailed in a contract signed by the detainee before release.
Do You Have More Questions About How to Pay an Immigration Bond?
An immigration bond helps secure the release of someone who is detained by ICE. They can be paid upfront in cash or through working with a certified immigration bondsman.
Do you have more questions about how to pay an immigration bond? Or, do you need assistance in securing the release of your loved one?
Contact us today. One of our associates would be happy to answer any questions you still have. They can also discuss how to secure your loved ones release if desired.