Have you found yourself in the unfortunate situation of having a loved one detained by Immigration in Georgia? We know just how stressful and overwhelming this process can seem, but Brennan Immigration Bonds can help you put all of this behind you! Call 1-888-668-1588 and get a bond posted today!
Brennan Immigration Bonds has been reuniting friends and families for almost three decades. We work closely and diligently with each of our clients to ensure that they are always properly informed about the bond process. You will not experience the type of personal and professional service that we provide with any other bond company. Our guarantee to you is that we will always be honest, we will be genuine and compassionate and we will always strive to reunite you with your loved one quickly.
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Posting an Immigration Bond
Once we have received the information needed to verify the location and bond amount of the person in custody, we can submit an electronic request directly to ICE to post your bond. The information required to get started is:
Detainee’s Full Name, Detainee’s Date of Birth, Detainee’s Alien Number and Detainee’s Country of Birth.
Once we have verified this information, we will need to complete paperwork with the indemnitor. The indemnitor is the person who will be responsible for the detainee to get to court and follow ICE’s guidelines. Often times detainees have sponsors. The sponsor would be the perfect person to be an indemnitor for bond. The indemnitor is usually who pays the premium and secures the collateral for bond.
Types of Immigration Bonds
The most common type of immigration bond is a Delivery Bond. This type of bond makes it possible for a person to live and work in the United States while working with the courts to obtain legal status. You must appear at all scheduled hearings and/or meetings, otherwise your bond will be forfeited and the full amount of your bond will be due to ICE. Any collateral being held will be used for this purpose.
To read about the other types of bonds, you can visit our home page and click on “Types of Bonds”.
Premium and Collateral
For Georgia Immigration Bonds, our company requires a 15% premium. This is 15% of the total bond amount and is a non-refundable fee used to pay the costs associated with posting these specialized bonds.
Collateral is what you use as security for a bond. That could be using real estate property, paying cash, using credit cards and sometimes land, depending on its value.
If using a home as collateral, Brennan Immigration Bonds will place a lien on the home until the immigration case has been closed. This happens when the person for whom the bond was posted obtains legal status by way of permanent residency or citizenship, or if the person moves back to their country of birth. Once we receive proof that this has occurred, we will then request a cancellation of bond. Once the bond is cancelled, any collateral we are holding will be released. Brennan Immigration Bonds returns collateral immediately. We do not hold collateral unnecessarily nor do we charge fees to return this collateral. For collateral paid in cash or on credit cards, you will receive a check from our insurance company within a couple of weeks. For real estate property, you will receive a Satisfaction of Mortgage in the mail that you must take to your local recorder’s office.
Brennan Immigration Bonds will assist you from start to finish and will never allow you feel confused or alone in this process. Call 1-888-668-1588 to get started.
Georgia ICE Detention Facilities
Georgia has five ICE facilities in the state. They are:
Folkston ICE Processing Center
Atlanta Field Office
3026 HWY 252 East
PO Box 248
Folkston, GA 31537
Folkston Immigration Processing Center (Annex)
Atlanta Field Office
3424 HWY 252 East
PO Box 248
Folkston, GA 31537
Irwin County Detention Center
Atlanta Field Office
132 Cotton Drive
Ocilla, GA 31774
Robert A. Deyton Detention Facility
Atlanta Field Office
11866 Hastings Bridge Road
Lovejoy, GA 30250
If you need to speak to a detainee regarding an emergency, you may call Chaplain D. Bowen
(770) 305-8000 Ext 122
Stewart Detention Center
Atlanta Field Office
146 CCA Road
Lumpkin, GA 31815
It is important to remember that all ICE facilities operate under specific rules and guidelines. While most will release a detainee hours after a bond has been posted, some will release the following day.
Some facilities will release directly from the facility, while others will require a travel itinerary. If the location does not provide transportation to a bust station or airport, then a taxi must be arranged prior to release.
Rest assured that no matter how difficult the process may seem, we are here to help and to make sure that your loved one gets home safely.
History of Georgia
The State of Georgia is located in the Deep South; it is the largest state east of the Mississippi River. Georgia was named for King George II of England. Georgia has two nicknames, one is the Peach State and the other is Empire State of the South. Georgia is also known as the country's top producer of pecans, peanuts, and Vidalia onions, considered some of the sweetest in the world.
Surrounding Georgia is the State of Florida which is located just below; to the east of Georgia is the State of South Carolina; to its west of Georgia is the State of Alabama and on Georgia’s northern border is the State of Tennessee and the State of North Carolina.
Immigrant Population Make-Up
In Georgia, the top ten non-English languages spoken, broken down by percentage of the population, is Spanish at 7.42%, Korean at .51%, Vietnamese at .44%, French at .42%, Chinese which includes Mandarin at .38%, German at .29%, Hindi at .23% Niger-Condo languages of West Africa such as Igbo, Kru, and Yoruba at .21%, Gujarati at .18% and Portuguese and French Creole at .16%. Native American tribes such as the Apache, Yamasee, Cherokees and Creeks originally inhabited Georgia. Later, Georgia was settled by immigrants from different parts of Europe. After the civil war, due to being considered as one of the poorest states, Georgia attracted few immigrants. The Great Depression made Georgia less desirable. Many Georgians found better wages in the North. Immigrants from counties such as Vietnam and Korea began populating Georgia in 1970. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, also known as The Hart Cellar Act, is a federal law that abolished the National Origins Formula. The passage of this law caused immigration population to grow in Georgia.
Currently, the population of Georgia is approximately ten million, six hundred and seventeen thousand and four hundred twenty three. According to surveys, one in ten Georgia residents is an immigrant which represents ten percent of its population. That means that there are over one million, sixty one thousand seven hundred and two immigrants are living in Georgia. Much of the immigrant communities are populated by Mexicans. The country of origin of the highest number of immigrants is Mexico. It is estimated that twenty two percent of immigrants living in Georgia are from Mexico. Other country of origins that are living in Georgia are as follows: nine percent are from India, four percent are from Jamaica, four percent are from Korea and four percent are from Guatemala.
Atlanta is the capital of Georgia. It is also the largest city in Georgia. In 2019 the estimated population of the Atlanta metropolitan area was more than 6 million people which makes it 9th most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta contains about 57% of Georgia's entire population. Three decades of refugee resettlement has made up Atlanta’s diversity. In the 1980’s, the Atlanta area was designated a center for refugee resettlement. Some of the earliest refugees such as Vietnamese, Cambodian, Ethiopian and Eritrean were brought to Atlanta as part of the international resettlement program. Immigrants in 2016 comprised of 13.7% of the metropolitan area’s population. Ten miles from Atlanta is the town of Clarkston. Clarkston is known as the “Ellis Island of the South” and the most diverse square mile in America. African, Asian, Syrian and Congolese make Clarkston their home. Somali, Eritrean, Ethiopian and Sudanese make up the African refugees. Bhutanese, Burmese, Cambodian make up the Asian refugees. These immigrants have made positive contributions to society. Unfortunately, many immigrants faced hardship from some communities.
Georgia Immigration News
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act was passed in Georgia. It was considered one of the most ‘draconian immigration laws in the country’. With the passage of this act immigrants will be questioned by law enforcement to determine their immigration status. It also allows law enforcement make the intentional transportation of undocumented immigrants while a crime is being committed punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and a prison sentence of up to a year.
In Georgia one in eight workers is an immigrant. They are employed in manufacturing, construction, retail trade, health care and social assistance, accommodation and food services, administrative & support, waste management and remediation services, manufacturing, information, construction and extraction, production, management, sales and related, transportation and material moving, computer and mathematical, farming, fishing, and forestry, building and grounds cleaning & maintenance, production. Nearly 2 billion dollars in Georgia in business revenue is generated by immigrant entrepreneurs. Immigrant households in Georgia had, after-tax income spending power of 26.3 billion dollars. Over 6.6 billion dollars of Federal taxes were paid by Georgia immigrant households. Immigrants that were undocumented in Georgia paid over 563.7 million dollars in federal taxes and another 355.2 million in state and local taxes. DACA (Deferred Action to Children Arrivals) recipients in Georgia and DACA eligible individuals paid 61.4 million dollars in state and local taxes.
Former President Donald Trump proposed plans for immigration in his second term policies that included: continuing construction of the border wall, restricting immigration and opposing sanctuary cities, and, lastly, limit people successfully obtaining asylum. Immigration policies under the previous United States president administration were considered too extreme and did not favor the DACA program. One of the regulations proposed by the former president was referred by many as “death to asylum” rule. That proposed rule altered the current by causing an almost total ban on asylum protections for large groups of people. It barred migrants from countries (except Mexico and Canada) from seeking asylum as well as immigrants in the United States for more than a year. Officials would have been able to dismiss asylum seekers requests as simply frivolous without a proper hearing. This rule would have been established in December 2020 if it were not blocked by a federal judge. The judge ruled against it based on the fact that the former acting Homeland Security Secretary, Chad Wolf, whom which this rule was put together, was not legally serving in his role. The former administration also established a rule that would deny migrants asylum if they went through another country before coming to the United States and did not seek asylum in the country first. This would make ineligible all non-Mexican and non-Canadian asylum seekers ineligible. Of the many executive orders signed by the current president, Joe Biden, there are six that are immigration related. Many of these executive orders reversed past President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. This recently signed executive order reinstates the Deferred Action to Children Arrivals which protects undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children, from deportation. The executive order also imposed a 100 day pause on some deportations. Georgia immigrants will be positively affected.
There are currently twenty thousand DACA recipients in Georgia. President Biden is proposing a bill that will offer a way for over eleven thousand undocumented immigrants in the United States. By signing the new order, the number of DACA recipients will rise.
Agriculture is one of Georgia’s top industries. This will affect the farmworkers already in the country. This will also allow a way to positively impact many families in the Georgia. Some other major changes in policies related to immigration with the Joe Biden administration are the policy changes the Department of Homeland Security has initiated. For example DHS may cancel the 284(g) which states “Section 287(g) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act authorizes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deputize selected state and local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration law”. By changing the 284(g) policy this will have a positive effect on the immigration courts in Georgia by reducing the number cases currently being heard. According to statistics, in 2016 there were only 14,000 cases before the court. With the implementation of the 287(g) policy of the Department of Homeland Security, currently that number of court cases jump to over 45,000 cases before the court. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a federal agency that works to detain and deport immigrants. There are six Georgia counties that have volunteered to work with ICE to detain undocumented people and transfer them to ICE custody. These counties are Gwinnett, Hall, Cobb, Whitfield, Bartow and Floyd. In Gwinnett County Georgia, since 2009, the Sheriff's Office has detained and deported thousands of undocumented people. Gwinnett County alone has been responsible for over 20% of all ICE detainers executed in Georgia since teaming up with ICE. It’s a well-known fact when ICE partners with local police departments and jails, immigrant communities are less likely to interact with local law enforcement. They (immigrants) will not report crimes because they feel threatened. They (immigrants) will not be a witness in court cases. The trust between the immigrant community and law enforcement is eliminated. Gwinnett County has lost millions of dollars in local taxpayer money by were spent on ICE activities. This is money that could have been spent in such things as health services, education, public works and transportation. Local tax payers living in counties that participate in the 287(g) program will also be liable for lawsuits over unconstitutional policies such as unlawful detention and treatment of undocumented people.
An ICE hold is a request from ICE that a jail hold, or keep detained, a person for up to 48 hours after the time the inmate would be released either by posting a bond or serving a full jail sentence. These detainer requests or holds are non-binding and completely voluntary. Courts have held that detaining an undocumented person based only on an ICE hold request is unconstitutional and violates the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. It was estimated that in 2019, Gwinnett County Georgia will spent over two million dollars on its partnership with ICE which is a 35% increase from 2017. The program was first implemented in 2009 by the former Sheriff. It was claimed that Gwinnett’s partnership with ICE would jail repeat offenders and majors in drug cartels. It appears that 12% of ICE deportees detained by these hold requests committed serious crimes. Statistics show that in Gwinnett County 70% of ICE referrals were for traffic violations, which is 58% more than the national average of ICE deportations. Some say the 287(g) program has benefits. Those benefits mentioned are: that it saves taxpayer money because at the time the program was implemented, the average jail population decreased; promotes public safety because it acts as a deterrent to criminal illegal aliens who avoid counties where they can be arrested for any reason and be deported; helps rescue victims of human trafficking since deputies receive critical training by ICE to assist them in identifying victims of human trafficking during the 287(g) screening process. According to those who are in favor of the Program say that immigrants are not victimized by the Program because the Program focuses only on illegal aliens brought to the jail which allows ICE agents to focus their attention on communities where they receive no assistance through a 287(g) agreement. If the Program ended, ICE would track illegal aliens released into the community leading to arrests of friends, family and co-workers who have not violated state laws. Also, the Program is not unfriendly to immigrants and they shouldn’t be afraid to call the police because the Program only pertains to arrestees in jail. In addition no one will be deported for driving without a license or a traffic violation. People are only deported because they violated a federal law by not having legal authority to be in the country. Lastly, immigrants are not targeted for traffic stops. Police officers have no way of knowing a driver’s immigration status. The good news for those wanting to end the 287(g) program is that the new Gwinnett County Sheriff, Keybo Taylor, has ended the participation in the 287(g) program. Simply put, this means that the new Sheriff will not be notifying ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) of anybody’s immigration status in the jail or any of the facilities. However, the Sheriff also stated that it does not mean his office will not have cooperation with ICE. Sheriff Taylor further indicated that if ICE brings to Gwinnett County jail and they have a legitimate warrant signed by a judge that the jail will honor the warrant. He emphasized he simply will not participate in the program outlined in the 287(g) agreement between the federal government and the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Taylor has stated that he believes that program is discriminatory and does more harm than good.
Our clients depend on Brennan Immigration Bonds to be aware of the history, to have knowledge of the present and to anticipate the future of Immigration bonds. We take that responsibility very seriously and aim to positively impact lives with our contributions to this industry.
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