With the current state of immigration in the United States, immigrants may feel that they face discrimination issues in many areas. This can impact their ability to get a job, find a place to live, integrate into society and much more. In some cases, discrimination could even lead to arrest and incarceration.
If you or a loved one have been detained as an immigrant, it is likely to be an upsetting situation in which you feel powerless to do anything. Immigrants who have not yet proven their right to reside in the US risk being detained by law enforcement so that their immigration status can be reviewed.
President Trump has taken a hard-line approach to deal with illegal immigration since he first came into office a few years ago. This has resulted in an uptick in detentions of would-be residents and citizens. While many news outlets and lawmakers alike have called attention to the plight of these immigrants, very little has been said about how long that they generally remain locked up.
It might seem impossible that U.S. citizens, including people born in this country, could be detained by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Protection (CBP). However, it's happened at airports and border crossings in the U.S. and even aboard a domestic flight.
Citizens who get arrested in the United States can often post bail in order to get out of jail. They then have to return for a court date, but they can spend the time waiting at home, rather than behind bars. This is a very common practice for most non-violent crimes.
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