Even before the Trump-era step-up in enforcement, the immigration bond system unnecessarily confined tens of thousands of immigrants to detention every day.Max Rivlin-Nadler, “How America's Bond System Keeps Immigrants Behind Bars,” Vice, April 18 2016.
Advocates have advanced litigation aimed at ending mandatory detention, which is pending before the Supreme Court; while the Ninth Circuit has held that the ability of immigrants to pay bond must be a factor in setting bond amounts.Rodriguez v. Robbins, 804 F.3d 1060 (9th Cir. 2015); and Hernandez v. Sessions, 872 F. 3d 976 (9th Cir. 2017).
Alongside these efforts, organizations around the country—such as the Immigrant Bail Fund—are devising innovative ways to raise funds for and pay immigration bonds for detained immigrants who cannot afford them.Immigrant Bail Fund, “Our Work,”