When Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detains you or a loved one for the purposes of removal, your first step always should be to see if ICE will grant you a bond. There are some situations in which ICE must detain an immigrant without bond pending removal proceedings. For instance, if an immigrant has been convicted of some specific crimes, federal law may require ICE to hold him or her without bond. What this means is that there is no guarantee that you or your relative can even be granted a bond. If ICE does set a bond, it is usually high enough to ensure that the individual returns to immigration court when ordered to do so. If you or another individual post the requested bond, then the detained immigrant will be released. However, if no one can afford to pay the bond, or no bond is set, then it is possible to request a bond hearing in front of an immigration judge. At a bond hearing, you must provide evidence showing that you are not only entitled to bond, but that you deserve a low bond amount due to your personal situation. For example, assume that ICE has detained your father for being illegally present in the country. If you can provide testimony that he has lived in the same location for the past ten years, has a spouse and children living with him in the United States, and has a job in the community, you may be able to convince the immigration judge to set a reasonable bond. By showing strong and lengthy community ties, you are providing evidence that your father will return to immigration court as ordered by the court. However, if the evidence shows that your father has repeatedly failed to appear in immigration court and has been removed from the country multiple times, it likely will not be so easy to prove that your father should be entitled to a low bond. Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., knows federal immigration law and has the experience to guide you and advocate on your behalf throughout any type of deportation proceeding, no matter what the allegations may be. We are familiar with the wide range of defenses that are available to individuals facing deportation, and how to build the strongest defense that is available to you, based on the evidence relevant to your case. Contact your California deportation defense lawyers today, and discover what we can do for you.