Immigration Rules Every Undocumented Individual Should Follow
November 14, 2018
Are you or a loved one living as an undocumented immigrant in the United States? If the answer is yes, there are several immigration rules that should be followed in the event you are detained by federal or state immigration authorities such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Ask for a Bond Determination
Many times, ICE will allow you to be released after arrest on the payment of a bond. By asking the deportation officer for a bond determination as soon as possible, your family can start the process of paying the bond and obtaining your release.
To determine the amount of the bond, the deportation officer will consider factors such as whether you have a spouse or children dependent on you, your employment history, your ties to the community, and whether you have a criminal record.
Only individuals who have a lawful immigration status, such as U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, can post a bond on the behalf of an undocumented individual.
If the deportation officer does not set a bond for you, you may request a bond redetermination hearing from an immigration judge. An immigration judge can also lower the amount of the bond, if you can demonstrate your family’s inability to pay the original bond amount.
Contact Family and Friends
It is important for any detained undocumented individual to reach out to family and friends as early as possible. You will be allowed to make one local phone call at no cost, so be sure to memorize at least one working phone number, in the event you need to contact someone after being detained.
Be sure to provide your alien registration number and bond information to those working for your release. Your family and immigration lawyer will need your alien registration number to locate you and to communicate with immigration authorities on your behalf.
Request an Interpreter
You have the right to understand the reasons why you are being held and to be able to read the paperwork which you are being requested to sign. Request documents in a language you can read.
Before signing any document in a language you cannot read, ask your deportation official if they can provide you with an interpreter who can review the forms with you.
Be a Law-Abiding Citizen
An undocumented immigrant’s likelihood of being detained by ICE increases significantly if the individual has a criminal history. By obeying the law and avoiding arrest in your home country and in the United States, you will greatly increase your chances of being eligible for bond if you should be detained.
Retain an Experienced Philadelphia Immigration Lawyer
Contact an experienced Philadelphia immigration attorney who can protect your rights and help your family locate you. Any statements you make to a deportation officer can be used against you, so avoid giving false information such as a fake name or false date of birth.
If you are unsure how to respond to a question from the deportation officer, or uncomfortable signing paperwork, you have the right to wait to speak with your lawyer before giving information.
A Philadelphia Immigration Lawyer from the Law Offices of MC Law Group, LLC Can Assist Undocumented Individuals
If you or your loved one is currently living as an undocumented immigrant in the United States, an experienced Philadelphia Immigration Attorney at the Law Offices of MC Law Group, LLC is here to help. Call us today to schedule a confidential initial consultation regarding deportation, green cards, visa applications and asylum issues at 215-496-0690 or contact us online.