On Monday, February 6, 2017
Attorney Modi and
Attorney Maha Khalil, another excellent Houston immigration lawyer with The Modi Law Firm,
participated in the Executive Order Response Training Program (IAH Volunteer
Attorney Training) event held at the large law firm Vinson & Elkins
LLP. They were featured along with other prominent speakers at the event.
Attorney Modi spoke in depth on the issue of immigration bonds, which is,
for those individual’s eligible, a way for people for to get out
of immigration detention. Determining whether to grant a bond is one of
the first things an ICE officer decides when a noncitizen is detained.
Some factors that affect the officer’s decision include whether
the person in
removal proceedings is a flight risk or danger to the community. The ICE officer may not offer
a bond amount or it could be higher than the bond amount, if any, provided
by the judge.
Therefore, often you may highly want an competent Houston immigration attorney
to assist you with a Motion for Bond Redetermination to ask the judge
to reevaluate the decision to grant a bond and, if so, reevaluate or request
a lower bond amount. Note if bond is granted it does not mean that this
individual is no longer in removal proceedings, they are in fact still
in removal proceedings. It merely means they’re released after posting
the granted bond amount for the duration of the removal proceedings.
Moreover, there are also several criteria that can prevent a judge from
granting a bond, including specifically whether that person falls under
any grounds for mandatory detention due to their
immigration or criminal history.
Attorney Maha Khalil discussed her experience at IAH (Bush Intercontinental
Airport) and what to expect following the new executive orders. She has
spent many hours at the George Bush Airport volunteering when President
Trump’s first executive order regarding the travel band was put