Immigration Bonds in Santa Ana

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has a field office in Santa Ana California. The immigration arm of Homeland Security uses the Santa Ana City Jail to process and hold detainees being investigated for immigration status.

Santa Ana Jail is located on the corner of Boyd Way and 6th St. in Santa Ana, California. The jail is open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. every day. Paid public parking is available in the structure across the street from the jail.

Santa Ana Immigration Center
62 Civic Center Plaza
P.O. Box 22003
Santa Ana, CA 

Contacting a Detainee at the Santa Ana Immigration Center

If you need information about a detainee being housed at the Santa Ana City Jail, you may call (714) 712-8074 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. When calling,  you will need the individual's first and last name, any hyphenated names or aliases, date of birth and country of birth.

Detainees can not receive incoming phone calls. If you need to reach someone being held in Santa Ana, you may leave a message for the detainee at (714) 24-8100. You will need to give the detainees full name, and A-number, as well as your name and phone number. The message will be delivered to the detainee.

Visiting an Inmate at the Santa Ana City Jail

Visitation Hours are :

  • Monday - Friday
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday - Sunday
    8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

All visitors should report fifteen minutes prior to scheduled visitation to ensure plenty of time for security processing.

Visitation Rules:

  • Visitors must be over 18, unless accompanied by an adult.
  • Visitors should arrive fifteen minutes before the visit.
  • All visitors are subject to search.
  • All visitors must present a valid, government issued, photo ID.
  • Visits are non-contact.
  • Visits should not exceed one hour.
  • Visitors must dress appropriately. Please see the dress code guidelines.
  • Visitors are not allowed to pass items to detainees.
  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • All personal items may not be taken into the visiting area. Please leave cell phones, car keys, wallets, etc., in your vehicle or in the lockers available at the jail.

Immigration Bonds in Santa Ana

Immigration bonds are an amount of money that is held by the federal government during immigration court proceedings. It is intended to ensure that the defendant will appear for hearings and leave the country if that is the determination of the immigration court.

Immigration Bonds allow the subject of an immigration investigation and court proceedings to return to family and friends, work their job, and carry on a normal life while the immigration courts work through the issues surrounding the defendant's legal status in the United States.

Once the immigration court proceedings have concluded, the immigration bond will be refunded to whoever paid the bond. However, the process to obtain a refund can be lengthy. It can take up to several months for the Federal Government to refund the bond amount.

What Happens an Illegal Alien is arrested in Santa Ana?

If a person with questionable legal status is detained in Santa Ana, they would be taken to the City Jail and processed like anyone else. They will have their picture taken, fingerprints recorded, and ID looked at. If they don't have the proper ID to show that they are in the United States legally, the local law enforcement authorities are required to notify the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement division (ICE).

DHS or ICE will send the local law enforcement office a “detainer” request for the defendant. This “detainer” request requires that the local agency holds the defendant at their facility for a minimum of 48-hours so that ICE can take custody.

Once the defendant has been transferred to ICE custody, they will be taken to a processing center. ICE will hold the defendant at the processing center while they try to determine the defendant's legal immigration status. This investigation includes a check of criminal history and can legally take up to 48-hours. The 48-hour timeline doesn't include weekends, or holidays, and can be extended as needed if the evidence ICE is seeking to determine legality cannot be located.

How Do Immigration Bonds Work?

Once the ICE investigation is completed, the defendant is turned over ERO, the Enforcement and Removal Operations division of ICE. ERO manages and oversees the nation's immigration detention system. Once an individual is placed in ERO custody, they may be eligible for release while their immigration case makes its way through the court system. This process may take years, and if release is available, it is much better to be home with friends and family while waiting for your case to be heard, rather than sitting in jail, waiting to see what happens.

Once the ICE investigation is complete, and the subject is turned over to ERO, there should be two documents served on the defendant. The first is called a Notice to Appear, or NTA, and should include the following information:

  • The Alien Registration Number
  • The Subject's Name
  • How and Where the Subject Entered the US
  • Any Allegations Made by the DHS/ICE
  • Violations of US Law

The second document that should accompany the NTA is called Notice of Custody Determination, or NCD. This document should indicate a bond amount. If the NCD does not list a bond amount, or if a “no bond” is indicated on the document, the subject has the right to ask an immigration judge to set the bond amount. However, there may be up to a ten-day waiting period for the hearing.

Types of Immigration Bonds in Santa Ana

The bond is the amount of money the US Government will hold to ensure that the defendant appears for all immigration court proceedings and that they follow the conditions of their bond.

There are four types of immigration bonds:

  • G1 – Delivery Bond. This is a bond conditioned upon the delivery of an Alien and is the most common type of bond. It is used to ensure that a person will comply with a deportation order. A delivery bond allows an individual the opportunity to spend time with friends and family, as well as consult with an immigration attorney, prior to his or her court hearing.
  • G2 – Public Safety Bond. This bond is to ensure that the alien will not become a public charge. In other words, it ensures that the government will be reimbursed if a bonded alien receives any public assistance.
  • G3 – Voluntary Departure Bond. This bond is conditioned upon the voluntary departure of an undocumented alien and is used to ensure that the person returns to his or her home country in compliance with the conditions of the court order. A voluntary departure bond allows a detainee the opportunity to leave the country voluntarily within a specified time frame and gives the individual a chance to spend some time with family, make arrangements for themselves, and to leave under less stressful, less hurried circumstances. However, if the person chooses not to leave the country as agreed, the bond is forfeit and the person subject to pursuit, incarceration, and forcible deportation.
  • G4 – Order of Supervision Bond. This bond ensures that the individual complies with all conditions of the order of supervision and that he or she surrenders for removal.

A Delivery Bond and Voluntary Departure Bond are the two most common types of immigration bonds.

How much are Immigration Bonds in Santa Ana?

The amount of Federal Immigration Bonds can vary from as little as $500 to as much as $50,000 depending on criminal history and other circumstances. To pay the Immigration Bond on behalf of yourself or someone else, you will need to work directly with the Department of Homeland Security. Navigating the bureaucracy of the DHS can be difficult and time-consuming. However, if you have the full amount needed to pay the Federal Immigration Bond, it can be done. To do so, you must locate an immigration office that accepts bonds, and then purchase a cashier's check or money order for the amount of the bond.

*In most cases, Bail Bonds companies charge a flat rate that must be paid in full for Immigration Bonds (ICE Bonds). In California as well as most states, ICE bonds are charged at 12% of the bail amount and do require some form of collateral. Collateral generally accepted on immigration cases is: Real Estate, cash, checks, credit or debit cards, wire transfers, bank transfers or Western Union payment.

The amount of the Federal bonds required to obtain the release of an undocumented immigrant will depend on several factors. These factors include:

  • Immigration Status
  • Criminal History
  • Employment Situation
  • Family Ties

The higher the flight risk, the higher the bond amount will likely be. The range for immigration bonds can run from $1,500 to $50,000 or more. Departure bonds are typically lower, often about $500.00. It is important to keep in mind that the government can take a long time, often up to a year, to return the bond amount to the person who posted it. This is just one reason that it makes sense to use the services of a bonding agency to post an immigration bond.

What type of collateral is needed on an Immigration Bond?

Generally, bond companies will require collateral on immigration bonds. Because immigration cases can drag on for many years, the collateral needed to secure the bond will need to be Real Estate, cash or credit card. There are several options for all of these types of collateral and may vary from case to case and bond company. 

Where to Find Immigration Bonds in Santa Ana?

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