There are four ICE detention centers in Arizona, three centers located in Florence and one located in Eloy with seven Immigration Courts hearing detained cases. As with non-detained cases before an Immigration Court, immigrants have the right to retain private counsel of their own choosing and the government does not provide immigrants with an attorney. If you are currently in immigration court proceedings, it is highly recommended that you consult with a licensed attorney as soon as possible.

Process

The general purpose of Immigration Court hearings remains the same whether in a detained or non-detained setting. However, a detained immigrant may also be entitled to a bond hearing before an Immigration Court in order to obtain a bond and pursue their immigration case in a non-detained setting. At a bond hearing, the Immigration Court will look to whether the detained immigrant is a danger to the community and whether there is a risk that the immigrant will not attend court hearings outside of a detained setting. The Immigration Court may look at other factors to determine an immigrant’s eligibility for a bond, such as an immigrant’s eligibility for the type of relief sought, criminal convictions, or the existence of qualifying immediate family members.

If a detained immigrant was issued a bond by either the Immigration Court or by ICE, the person paying the bond will need to be either a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident. Additionally, the person paying the bond will require:

  • Two (2) forms of photo ID and a social security number
  • A cashier’s check for the exact amount of the bond made out to the “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”
  • Bonds will be accepted at the Eloy and Florence detention centers Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed on holidays)

Since each individual case is unique, we recommend that you schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss the details of a particular case. Our office also provides free consultations in each of the detention centers.

See https://locator.ice.gov/odls/homePage.do to locate an individual who is under the custody of ICE.