If you are in the U.S. illegally and Immigration and Customs Enforcement catches you, law enforcement could transfer you to a detention facility to await your removal or deportation hearing. However, you can ask for temporary release through a bond hearing.
Therefore, these are some things you should know about bond hearings.
You request the hearing
If law enforcement details you, you need to request a bond hearing. You should prepare yourself to pay the bond amount set by the judge after the hearing. You will not receive a bond hearing without requesting one during your initial hearing or through a formal request letter that includes your name and A-number. The same judge who will sit over your deportation case will determine your bond.
During the hearing
When you prepare for your hearing, gather a sponsor letter and any evidence that shows you deserve to stay in the country. This may include your tax records; letters of support from family, friends, neighbors, local organizations and coworkers; a sponsor letter; proof that you can support yourself financially; property ownership records, proof of debt, proof of insurance; and any other document that supports your petition to remain in the U.S. and proof you are not a flight risk.
Prepare to answer any questions from the judge. The judge will review your documentation completely and has the sole discretion on whether to grant you bond.
Those who cannot receive bond consideration
If you entered the U.S. illegally and committed a drug, violent or theft crime or participated in activities that threaten national security, you likely cannot receive a bond. Even if you served your prison sentences, you need to remain in custody or detention.
Expect to pay a bond of at least $1,500 within 30 days, or law enforcement will continue your detention.