Immigration and deportation defense lawyers now have a way to find the location of persons detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by using ICE’s new online detention locator system. If this online tool actually works as intended, this is an extremely useful development, which is long overdue.
Until now, the location of a ICE immigration detainee was a mystery to everyone–even immigration lawyers. After being arrested and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE Office of Detention and Removal, the detained immigrant would be placed into a jail, the location of which remained unknown. Tracking down a detained immigrant involved guesswork and intuition. The only way I knew to find someone detained by ICE was simply by calling around to the records departments for South Bay (Suffolk County House of Correction), Bristol, Plymouth and the other immigration detention facilities in the Boston area. So let’s hope and pray that this online system works as planned.
Meanwhile, if you have a friend or family member who has been arrested by Immigration, please contact me. I’d been happy to help you win their release on an immigration bond and to come up with a strategy to help them solve their immigration problem.