News Story (NATIONAL)
April 19, 2016
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Tags: Criminal Justice, Deportation, Immigration Process
Organizations mentioned/involved: Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) (Washington State)
Whether or not a detained immigrant is even offered bond is up to the discretion of a judge. “Someone who has been living here with family members, has status, and has lived here for many years is going to have a greater possibility of getting a bond than someone who just came here seeking asylum and doesn’t know anybody,” said Matt Adams, legal director for Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, which provides legal services for detained immigrants.
But new arrivals—including asylum-seekers—are less likely to be offered a bond, because judges usually deem them “a flight risk,” according to Adams.