Locating a Detained Loved One

Locating a Detained Loved One

With thousands of immigrants already in detention, Trump’s recent executive order significantly expands immigration enforcement and places more undocumented immigrants at risk of detention. As a result, it may be increasingly necessary to locate immigrants whom Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has detained. There are various ways to confirm an immigrant’s location once ICE has detained him or her, particularly if he or she is 18 years of age or older. Your first step should be to utilize the ICE Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS). ICE must update the information in ODLS with eight hours of an immigrant’s release, removal, or transfer. You can search ODLS by Alien Number (A#) or biographical information. In order to search by A#, you must have both the detainee’s A3 and country of birth. In order to search by biographical information, you must have the detainee’s first name, last name, and country of birth. If you have the detainee’s date of birth, you can further narrow your search results. Any discrepancies in ICE’s entry of biographical information and the information that you have, however, can result in an inability to find your detainee. If the ODLS does not reveal the location of the detainee, you may wish to contact the local ICE Enforcement and Removal Office (ERO) that has jurisdiction over the location at which the detainee was arrested. A list of these field offices is available online. You also can contact ICE’s Community Relations Officers (CRO) through the contact information provided on their website. Plus, each detention center has individual contact information located online, along with the center’s address, visiting hours, and instructions about sending items to detainees. Detention of a loved one is an unwelcome event that, unfortunately, can occur at any time based on your immigration status. The thought of deportation can be terrifying for both you and your family, especially after you have lived for several years in the United States and developed strong community ties. We are here to help defend you from deportation, no matter what your situation may be. Contact your immigration law attorneys at Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., today, at (510) 756-4468. We will immediately schedule a time for you to meet with our staff, discuss the facts surrounding your case, and start building a defense on your behalf.
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