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Immigration Law

Immigration Court Bonds Rise Under Trump

Daniel Bush, PBS, June 28, 2018 - "Federal judges are setting unusually large bonds for detained immigrants, immigration attorneys say, including for parents who were separated from their children at the border, a shift that has delayed the parents’ release even as the Trump administration insists it is making every effort to bring families back together. Judges in past administrations routinely set large bonds for detained immigrants, often as high as $7,500, and well in excess of the $1,500 minimum required by law. But the practice appears to have grown under President Donald Trump, as judges respond to new Department of Justice guidelines aimed at reducing legal and illegal immigration. The change is significant because the bond process is a key, if often overlooked, part of the immigration court system."