March 31, 2020
I trust that you and your families are staying safe as we adapt to an ever-changing environment caused by the COVID-19 crisis. I’m sure you’re receiving many e-mails, texts, and information about COVID-19. It’s very important to our firm that we keep the immigrant community up to date on a weekly basis on how COVID-19 may affect your immigration case. At Solano Law Firm, our attorneys and support staff continue to work on your matters in a remote-work capacity to keep our personnel and others safe. As always, we remain accessible via email, phone, and can offer a virtual meeting when needed.
ICE issued a statement last week that they will only detain people who are a threat to national security or who are subject to mandatory detention. We have not heard of any recent raids but we are receiving calls from people who have recently been detained by ICE after an arrest by their local police. Do not believe that ICE officers are going to stop doing their job and let everyone go free. ICE has the authority to issue a bond to someone or release them without paying a dollar but ICE is not exercising that authority. Instead they tell the detainees to file their case with the court and let the immigration judge decide a bond. We continue fighting these cases in front of judges. Within the last few weeks we’ve obtained $5,000 bonds for our clients. Be careful when you’re driving without a license and for police activity during this pandemic. If the local police arrests you and they contact ICE, ICE can detain you and start deportation proceedings against you.
All detained cases are moving forward. Both Immigration Courts in Atlanta are open. If you are not detained and have a hearing scheduled in the Atlanta Immigration Court between today and April 10, 2020, that hearing is cancelled. We will notify you when the new hearing is scheduled.
For our detained clients from Alabama – The Immigration Court in Jena/LaSalle, LA closed on 3/26/20 and did not disclose reasons for the closure. The Department of Justice did not specify for how long the court would be closed but indicated that the Immigration Court in Oakdale, LA will handle the detained cases from LaSalle Detention Center. If your family member is detained in LaSalle we will keep you updated as always.
Founder, Solano Law Firm