Immigration bonds to be accepted at new locations in Central, South, and East Texas

You may be wondering where you can post bond for detainees at South Texas Detention Center, Laredo Processing Center, Port Isabel Detention Center, and Hutto Detention Center.  Although you can post bond at locations all across the United States (e.g., locations stated here), you are probably looking for locations in Texas.

Good news.  The San Antonio Field Office Director Enrique M. Lucero has announced that, starting January 7, 2013, immigration bonds will be accepted at a host of new locations.  As a quick review, here are the locations in Central, South, and Southeast  Texas that already accept bonds:

  1. San Antonio Field Office, 8940 Fourwinds Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78239
  2. Laredo Detention Center, 4702 East Saunders St., Laredo, Texas 78401
  3. Port Isabel Detention Center, 27991 Buena Vista Blvd, Los Fresnos, Texas 78566

The new locations that will be accepting bonds are as follows:

  1. South Texas Detention Center, 566 Veterans Drive, Pearsall, Texas 78061
  2. T. Don Hutto Residential Center, 1001 Welch Street, Taylor, Texas 76574
  3. Karnes County Civil Detention Facility, 409 FM 1144, Karnes, Texas 78118
  4. Harlingen Resident Office, 1717 Zoy Street, Harlingen, Texas 78550

As a reminder, immigration bonds must be paid using a cashier’s check or money order written to the Department of Homeland Security.  The person posting the bond must be a lawful permanent resident or United States citizen.  There is a two-step process for posting bond.  First, the person posting the bond will show the check or money order to the ICE bond official.  ICE will not take the money right away.  ICE will first have to verify that the money can be accepted and the detainee can be released.  ICE may check for things like outstanding warrants, etc.  Second, ICE will call the person back, and the check or money order will be accepted.

It can take several hours to a couple days for the detainee to be released.  This can be frustrating for family members, who are ready to depart with the bond money in order to see their loved one.  Nonetheless, it is best to set your expectations low when it comes to speed of release.  But rest assured, as long as the conditions of a judge’s bond order are met, the person will eventually be released.

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