Immigration Issues 101: What to Do When a Family Member Is Detained By ICE


The United States is a country renowned for being a location where people for mall over the world travel to for a better opportunity. Many seek to start a family here, while others come to reunite with their families.

Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to get into (and stay in) the country without encountering issues. If your family member is facing deportation, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about how to handle immigration issues.

Get as Much Info as Possible

Before you can do anything to help your family member, you’ll need to get as much information about their case as possible. This includes why they were confronted by the authorities, whether or not they were in possession of anything illegal (such as guns or drugs), etc.

You should also inform them that it’s in their best interest to avoid signing anything before they’re able to attend a hearing. Otherwise, they may unknowingly relinquish rights that could be instrumental in obtaining their freedom.

Pay Their Bond

After an immigrant has been detained by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), they’ll most likely have the opportunity to obtain temporary release by paying an immigration bond. In some cases, though, this may not be a possibility (such as if the detainee was involved in a violent incident).

In general, all you’ll need to do is pay the imposed bond on their behalf in order to get them released from the detention center. 

To get started, you’ll have to contact your local immigration bonds office and schedule a meeting with someone who works there. Keep in mind, though, that only legal US residents are able to pay a bond for someone who has been detained by ICE.

Contact a Reputable Immigration Attorney

Getting temporarily released from an immigration detention center is very similar to get bonded out of jail— you’re not quite in the clear yet.

Just like how you have to attend a court hearing for criminal charges, you’ll be required to the same for charges related to immigration issues. If you don’t appear in court on the scheduled date(s), you risk being arrested and detained indefinitely until your case is resolved.

Fortunately, an experienced attorney can help you out with all of the nuances associated with immigration detention. Those who are in need of a family immigration lawyer can visit this resource to learn more.

Handling Immigration Issues Can Seem Difficult

But it doesn’t have to be.

With the above information about responding to immigration issues in mind, you’ll be well on your way toward making the decisions that are best for you and your family.

Want to learn more tips that can help you out in the future? Be sure to check out the rest of our blog.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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