Monthly Archives: September 2014


How to Help a Detainee in an Immigration Hold

If someone you know has been detained after an immigration hold, here are the first things to do. An immigration hold (also called a detainer) refers to when an undocumented or illegal immigrant who is already in jail is held, often past the person’s scheduled release date, for transfer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The hold lasts for 48 hours, during which time ICE is supposed to pick the person up. (If it doesn’t, then technically you can argue

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The Immigration Hold Process After Jail

When an immigrant is detained by law enforcement for an alleged crime, he or she may be placed on an “immigration hold” or “immigration detainer”. Here’s how the process works. When a foreign national is in state or federal custody (that is, jail) and comes to the attention of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — possibly through one of its branches, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — a so-called “immigration hold” may be placed

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Overview of The Removal (Deportation) Hearings Process

Learn about the various hearings you’ll need to attend, and what will happen, when your facing removal from the United States. Once referred to as “deportation”, removal is the process of the U.S. government determining that an alien — that is, a non-U.S. citizen, whether in the U.S. illegally or with a green card — must be removed from the United States. The removal or deportation process is complicated, and the stakes are high. Legal representation is essential to develop

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