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Helping Your Detained Loved One

When someone is sent to an immigration detention center, the primary question is frequently and understandably how to get the detained person back home. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a component of the Department of Homeland Security and has the authority to arrest and detain any non-U.S. citizen with the proper warrant. While detainees can be held until a decision is reached regarding their removability, they have the right to request a bond hearing. These detention centers have on-site Immigration Judges and courtrooms.

Arizona is a hot bed of detention centers, with facilities in Eloy, Arizona, and Florence, Arizona. Regardless of your location, we at Green | Evans-Schroeder in Tucson, Arizona, focus much of our practice on representing immigration detainees at bond hearings. Many of our clients live in Arizona, but approximately 40 percent of the people we represent are California residents who have loved ones detained at the facilities in Eloy, Arizona, and Florence, Arizona.

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Because time is of the essence, we normally ask for the family's assistance with gathering a variety of important documents and letters that we will need to effectively present a strong argument to the immigration judge. The family's ability to quickly deliver this information to us is of the utmost importance, and drastically increases the odds of obtaining a lower bond, and of getting a bond as quickly as possible.

Typically, we will require a number of documents to establish that our client is a person of good moral character, and that he or she has developed strong ties to the United States, specifically to his or her own community. For this reason, if we are retained to represent your loved one in bond proceedings, we will ask you to collect and send to us the following:


  1. Letters of support from the client's family living in the United States;
  2. Letters of support from the client's friends, classmates, employers, and/or co-workers;

The letters should address the following subjects: 1) the client's good moral character; 2) the length of time that he or she has been living in the United States; and 3) the relative hardship that his or her deportation would cause to his or her family and friends.

Other Documents

  1. Records demonstrating that the client has paid taxes;
  2. Copies of current and/or previous apartment or house rental leases;
  3. Copies of current and recent utility bills (over the past few years);
  4. Copies of any vehicle registration or insurance;
  5. Copies of high school or college transcripts;
  6. Photographs of the client's family.

To schedule an initial consultation with our Tucson adjustment of status lawyer to discuss removal defense and helping your detained loved one, call (520) 882-8852 or in Tempe, call us at (480) 933-8941 or email the firm.