When your spouse has been arrested by ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) it can be an overwhelming time filled with fear and confusion.
It is important to act quickly and find out where he or she will be detained. Ultimately, it can take years for a final order of removal to be issued. But where should you start after he or she has been arrested by ICE?
Locating your spouse
The following resources will be helpful in locating where your spouse is detained:
The Online Detainee Locator System
- The Online Detainee Locator System (locator.ice.gov) may show the detainee’s location. You will need his/her A-Number (Alien Number) and country of birth. The A-Number is 9 digits long and can be found on their green card or work permit.
- If you do not have an A-Number you can search by their biographical information. You will need to know their First and Last name, country of birth, and date of birth.
- Note that the Online Detainee Locator System cannot search for records of anyone under the age of 18 years old.
- If you cannot find the name of your spouse, try different spellings.
Immigration Detention Centers in Florida
The online detainee locator system is not always accurate. If you are unable to find your spouse or relative online, you may try contacting the various detention facilities in Florida.
There are five detention facilities in Florida where aliens are detained for immigration purposes.
- The Krome Service Processing Center, located at 18201 SW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33194. For contact information or to search for a detainee, click here: (https://www.ice.gov/detention-facility/krome-service-processing-center)
- Broward Transitional Center, located at 3900 N. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach, FL 33073. For contact information or to search for a detainee, click here (https://www.ice.gov/detention-facility/broward-transitional-center)
- Glades County Detention Facility, located at 1297 East SR 78 Moore Haven, FL 33471. For contact information or to search for a detainee, click here (https://www.ice.gov/detention-facility/glades-county-detention-center)
- Monroe County Jail, located at 5501 College Road, Key West, FL 33040. For contact information or to search for a detainee, click here: (https://www.keysso.net/jail/jailinfo.htm)
- Baker County Detention Facility, located at 1 Sheriff’s Office Drive, MacClenny, FL 32063. For contact information or to search for a detainee, click here (https://www.ice.gov/detention-facility/baker-county-facility)
- Wakulla County Jail, located at 15 Oak Street Crawfordville, FL 32327. For contact information or to search for a detainee, click here (https://www.ice.gov/detention-facility/wakulla-county-facility)
ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Field Office
- If you cannot find your spouse’s location through the Online Detainee Locator you can contact the closest ERO Field Office. The Miami Field Office is located at:
865 SW 78th Avenue, Suite 101
Plantation, FL 33324
Once your spouse is located
While your spouse is being detained it is vital that they exercise caution over what is communicated and spoken. All jail calls from detainees are recorded and anything that your spouse says related to his case, could be used against him or her in court. It is vital to immediately contact an expert and skilled Miami immigration attorney or deportation lawyer at Hubbs Law Firm.
The first determination our attorneys at Hubbs Law will analyze, is whether or not your spouse is entitled to a bond hearing (Link to immigration bond page). Many factors will effect whether your spouse is eligible for bond including, continuous presence in the United States, ties to United States Citizen family members, prior immigration history, and prior criminal record.
The next step is to determine what immigration relief, if any, your spouse is eligible for. Your spouse may be able to successfully defend his removal case with a waiver, cancellation of removal, asylum, and other forms of relief. In some cases, your spouse could be eligible for a green card (link to green card page) at the end of removal proceedings.
Find a local Miami Immigration Attorney or Deportation Lawyer
E.J. Hubbs and Erika Hubbs represent immigration and deportation clients in Miami and throughout Miami-Dade County, including Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Kendall, Miami Beach, North and South Miami, Homestead, and anywhere else in the area.
At Hubbs Law, we offer free consulations in some situations depending on the complexity of the case. Our experienced immigration attorneys will discuss all aspects of your case with you and inform you of any immigration relief that might be applicable to your friend or family member in his or her particular case. Call (305) 615-5945 today to schedule your initial consultation.