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Federal Judge to Consider Non-Cash Bonds for Detained Immigrants (Eng/Esp)

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Seattle, WA- A federal judge in Seattle says immigration judges in western Washington must consider releasing detained immigrants without requiring cash bonds.

Seattle, WA- A federal judge in Seattle says immigration judges in western Washington must consider releasing detained immigrants without requiring cash bonds.

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik issued the ruling Monday in a case brought by a Honduran woman who was held in custody for five months while she sought political asylum because she couldn’t afford to pay her bond, which was first set at $7, 500 and then lowered to $3,500.

There are two types of immigration bonds available to immigrants who are being held in custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Delivery bonds and Voluntary departure bonds. Delivery bonds are paid after a detainee has been determined by an immigration judge to qualify for a Delivery bond. The purpose of these are to ensure that a detainee appears for all of their immigration hearings and also allows a person to spend time with their family as well as consult with an immigration attorney.

Voluntary departure bonds are given when detainees decide to voluntarily leave the country at their own expense by a specified time period. If this bond is paid in full to ICE, it is fully refundable once the person has left the country; however, it will be forfeited if the person fails to leave.

The amount of an immigration bond is determined by an immigration judge and is based on several factors, such as a person’s immigration status, criminal history, employment situation, and family ties to the United States. The minimum for a delivery bond is usually $1,500 and can increase up to $10,000 or more depending on an individual detainee’s risk factors. For departure bonds, the minimum is typically $500.

Activists have argued that this old policy of requiring cash bonds for immigrants had been in place for over 15 years and has resulted in poor immigrants being stuck in detention solely because of their poverty.

However; there are others that have argued the reason why cash bonds are required is so that individuals show up for their court dates, and is high enough to ensure that they do so. According to a survey by the Department of Homeland Security, about 70 percent of immigrant families failed to report after being given an instruction to meet with federal immigration agents within 15 days after being released from detention.

Much like the larger picture in overall immigration reform, there does not appear to be any sort of compromise on the horizon. With immigration remaining a hot issue on many political agendas, only time will tell how the issue will be resolved. In the meantime, it appears that many undocumented immigrants run the risk of remaining detained for years on end, as a result of having no money or any type of income to be able to pay off their unreasonably high bonds.

Seattle, WA- A federal judge in Seattle says immigration judges in western Washington must consider releasing detained immigrants without requiring cash bonds.

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik issued the ruling Monday in a case brought by a Honduran woman who was held in custody for five months while she sought political asylum because she couldn’t afford to pay her bond, which was first set at $7, 500 and then lowered to $3,500.

There are two types of immigration bonds available to immigrants who are being held in custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Delivery bonds and Voluntary departure bonds. Delivery bonds are paid after a detainee has been determined by an immigration judge to qualify for a Delivery bond. The purpose of these are to ensure that a detainee appears for all of their immigration hearings and also allows a person to spend time with their family as well as consult with an immigration attorney.

Voluntary departure bonds are given when detainees decide to voluntarily leave the country at their own expense by a specified time period. If this bond is paid in full to ICE, it is fully refundable once the person has left the country; however, it will be forfeited if the person fails to leave.

The amount of an immigration bond is determined by an immigration judge and is based on several factors, such as a person’s immigration status, criminal history, employment situation, and family ties to the United States. The minimum for a delivery bond is usually $1,500 and can increase up to $10,000 or more depending on an individual detainee’s risk factors. For departure bonds, the minimum is typically $500.

Activists have argued that this old policy of requiring cash bonds for immigrants had been in place for over 15 years and has resulted in poor immigrants being stuck in detention solely because of their poverty.

However; there are others that have argued the reason why cash bonds are required is so that individuals show up for their court dates, and is high enough to ensure that they do so. According to a survey by the Department of Homeland Security, about 70 percent of immigrant families failed to report after being given an instruction to meet with federal immigration agents within 15 days after being released from detention.

Much like the larger picture in overall immigration reform, there does not appear to be any sort of compromise on the horizon. With immigration remaining a hot issue on many political agendas, only time will tell how the issue will be resolved. In the meantime, it appears that many undocumented immigrants run the risk of remaining detained for years on end, as a result of having no money or any type of income to be able to pay off their unreasonably high bonds.

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Seattle, WA - Un juez federal en Seattle dice que los jueces de inmigración en Washington occidental deben considerar liberar detenidos a inmigrantes sin necesidad de cauciones.

U.S. District Juez Robert Lasnik emitió el fallo el lunes en una demanda interpuesta por una mujer hondureña que se celebró en custodia durante cinco meses mientras ella buscó asilo político porque ella no podía permitirse pagar su fianza, que fue el primero fija en $7,500 y luego bajó a $3,500.

Existen dos tipos de bonos de inmigración a inmigrantes que están detenidos bajo custodia de inmigración y Aduanas (ICE), entrega bonos y bonos de salida voluntaria. Entrega bonos son pagados después de que un detenido ha sido determinado por un juez de inmigración para calificar para un bono de entrega. El propósito de estos son asegurar que un detenido aparece para todas sus audiencias de inmigración y también permite a una persona pasar tiempo con su familia, así como consultar con un abogado de inmigración.

Salida voluntaria de bonos se dan cuando los detenidos deciden voluntariamente abandonar el país por su propia cuenta por un período de tiempo especificado. Si este bono se paga total al hielo, es completamente reembolsable una vez la persona ha salido del país; Sin embargo, se perderán si la persona es incapaz de dejar.

El monto de una fianza de inmigración está determinado por un juez de inmigración y se basa en varios factores, como el estatus migratorio de una persona, antecedentes penales, situación laboral y lazos familiares a Estados Unidos. El mínimo para un bono de entrega es generalmente $1,500 y puede aumentar hasta $10,000 o más dependiendo de los factores de riesgo de un individuo detenido. Para bonos de salida, el mínimo es típicamente $500.

Los activistas han argumentado que esta vieja política de exigir que los bonos en efectivo para los inmigrantes había estado en el lugar por más de 15 años y ha dado lugar a los inmigrantes pobres estar en detención únicamente debido a su pobreza.

Sin embargo; hay otros que han argumentado la razón por qué los bonos en efectivo se requieren para que individuos se presentó a sus fechas de corte y es lo suficientemente altos para asegurarse de que lo hagan. Según una encuesta realizada por el Departamento de seguridad nacional, alrededor del 70 por ciento de familias inmigrantes lograron informar después de haber recibido una instrucción para reunirse con agentes federales de inmigración dentro de 15 días después de ser liberados de la detención.

Tanto como el cuadro más grande en una reforma migratoria global, no parece ser ningún tipo de compromiso en el horizonte. Con la inmigración queda un tema caliente en muchas agendas políticas, el tiempo dirá cómo se resolverá la cuestión. Mientras tanto, parece que muchos inmigrantes indocumentados corren el riesgo de permanecer detenidos durante años, debido a que no hay dinero ni ningún tipo de ingresos para poder pagar sus bonos irrazonablemente altos.

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