John has been a lawful permanent resident in the United States since 2010. He has four children and prior to his detention, he was the primary caretaker and a stay at home father. He was detained by ICE in May of 2018 and fought the charges against him pro se up to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Nearly two years later, John was ultimately found to not be subject to mandatory detention, and in April 2018, a PAIFUP attorney began representing him.
John was anxious to get out on bond due to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Pike County Prison and his underlying medical vulnerabilities. With the help of his PAIFUP attorney, John filed a motion to be released on bond. He was ordered released on bond by an Immigration Judge and posted his bond with the help of our partners at the New Sanctuary Movement. Finally, he was able to gain freedom from ICE detention after two long years of detention.
However, in October 2020, ICE then decided to re-detain John, claiming that he had violated his bond contract. His PAIFUP lawyer pushed back against this, arguing that ICE’s detention was illegal and he should be released immediately. After a month of detention, an Immigration Judge agreed and ordered him released. John now looks forward to pursuing his case in front of the non-detained court so that he can stay in the United States with his children.
*Client's name has been changed to protect anonymity.