In the event of a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid, a person may have little time to make financial arrangements and may need to raise money quickly. Learn what to be prepared for and how to raise money!
Amount of bond
Only some people are eligible to apply for release on bond. If a judge sets bond, the minimum amount they may set is $1,500. But a person with criminal convictions or past immigration violations will likely have to pay more. The actual bond can depend on a lot of factors, but we have seen from $5,000 – $20,000 depending on the case. The person who goes to ICE to pay the bond must be a U.S. citizen or green card holder. Once bond is paid, it will not be repaid until the person either wins their case or is deported and is repaid directly to the person who posted bond, not the immigrant (so make sure you trust them!).
Loss of income
Even if someone can request bond (in New York, others, such as those with a prior order of deportation, or with certain criminal convictions, may not for at least 5-6 months) their request may still be denied by the Judge. During this time, the family will need to depend on savings or alternate arrangements to make up for the loss in income.
Those who are detained are entitled to all wages already earned! Notify the detained person’s employer about where to send their last check. Ideally, it is sent to a loved one with a power of attorney. Otherwise, it can go to the person in detention, but they cannot cash it; it will be given to them either upon release or deportation.
How do we raise $ as part of deportation defense?
Parties, yard sales, and community potlucks help raise funds for defense work and also serve as spaces where community members can come together and feel safe.
Crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe can be used to help raise bond. Crowdfunding means using an online platform to get money via donations by sharing your own or someone’s story or cause. For example, if you need to get bond for a loved one, you can use one of these platforms to get community members or allies to help support you financially.
Other fundraising websites that can be useful for campaigns include Generosity by Indiegogo, YouCaring.com, and IndieGoGo. Note that sometimes there are restrictions and most sites do deduct a fee once the money is raised.
For examples of bond fundraising campaigns, check out our examples.