‘We’re just talking about fair access to the system’: the Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project helps people detained by ICE

The increase of the number of arrests by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of people suspected of being in the country illegally has made headlines over the past year, but less attention has been paid to what happens next. Since President Trump took office, there have been reports around the country that ICE is setting much higher bonds for people awaiting an immigration hearing than in previous year. Because those hearings are often scheduled for three to five years after someone is arrested, these higher bonds effectively means detainees without access to ready funds will serve a jail term before they are ever found guilty of an offense. […]

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