How Immigration Lawyers Can Help You Find Someone Held in Immigration Detention
By Space Coast Daily // December 18, 2020
Finding out that your loved one is being held in an immigration detention center can be one of the scariest experiences ever. Not only do you have to worry about if your loved one is emotionally stable and how they’re being treated, but you will also have to find out if they’re being treated well, and what it will take to help them get released.
However, none of this can even be addressed until you are at least able to locate them. Luckily, by consulting with an immigration lawyer, you will be able to get the answers to that and much more.
With that in mind, here is an overview of the ways in which an immigration lawyer can help you find someone in an immigration detention center.
Steps to Take When Your Loved One is Being Detained
When you find out your loved one is being detained, it can be a tough pill to swallow. Your most immediate reaction is likely to feel scared and powerless.
Indeed, unlike other types of detainment, it is much trickier to locate and get into contact with those who are being held in an immigration detention center.
However, there are some steps you can take on your own, to try to find your loved one before contacting an attorney.
For instance, by using the ICE Detainee Locator website, you can potentially locate your loved one. However, you can only do so if you have the following info:
The Person’s Alien Number: This can often be found on a green card or work permit will show this number.
Birth Date/ Other Information: If you do not know the person’s alien number you need to be able to provide the person’s date of birth, country of birth, as well as their name (as it appears in ICE’s system).
Moreover, you may also need to try different aliases or spellings of their names.
However, if you do not have this information handy, it will be difficult (to impossible) to locate your loved one.
Additionally, if there is an error in terms of processing or paperwork, you may also have an issue in terms of locating them.
For instance, if the person was recently detained, it may take some time for their information to be entered into the system.
This means that you may have to wait days or weeks to be able to locate your loved one.
Also, if the person you are looking for is under 18, they may simply refuse to provide you information as they do not give out information on minors.
In those cases, you may need to contact ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations to get the information you are seeking.
Correctional/ ICE Facilities
In certain instances, your loved one may be transported to a nearby correctional facility. In these cases, you will need to contact all the correctional facilities in the area in which they were originally detained.
Alternatively, if your loved one is in an ICE facility, you may need to contact deportation, in order to find your loved one.
If all these other methods fail you (which can be common for newer cases, or instances in which there may be issues in terms of verifying their identity), you may need to contact an immigration lawyer.
Although they may refuse to give you the information you are seeking, contacting a qualified immigration lawyer will give you the leverage you need to get the answers you are seeking immediately.
By working with someone who knows the law and may already have relationships with some of the workers in these facilities, you will be much more likely to get your questions answered.
This will help you to locate your loved ones quicker and hopefully, get them released as soon as possible. Either way, waiting it out is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.
Given that these facilities are known for treating detainees in a questionable manner, your loved ones’ mental and physical health may be at risk. Moreover, if there is an issue with identifying them, the longer you take to advocate for them, the more likely it is that they may get lost in the shuffle and end up being transported, deported, etc.
Carman Fullerton Immigration Services
If you are seeking a caring, compassionate immigration lawyer who can generate results, the experts at Carman Fullerton are here to help you.
Fluid in both Spanish and English, their experts have been able to help people from a wide variety of countries to get answers and regain their freedom.
Their seasoned immigration lawyers are very familiar with the immigration laws, ICE protocols, and they always do their very best to get the answers you need as soon as you need them.
There is never a need to sit around and wonder about where your loved one may be, by contacting the experts at Carman Fullerton, you will be able to help keep your loved one safe no matter where they were detained or why. Contact them today.