ICE collects almost $1 billion in Immigration Bonds

Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants have paid about $977 million in immigration bail bonds directly to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency over the past six years.  This allows these inmates to remain free while a judge makes a decision on their deportation case.  About 209,163 potential deportees have been able to avoid federal detention as they wait for their legal fate and immigration status to be decided on.  $167 million out of the $977 million collected has been seized by the federal government because thousands of these released inmates have failed to appear in court or have voluntarily left the country.  By law immigration judges and ICE agents must set a bail amount of at least $1,500.  According to statics from ICE the average immigration bond in 2011 was $5,162.  The cash bond balance for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency as of February 1, 2012 was $674 million.  Unlike criminal bail bonds, immigration bonds must be paid in full.  Immigration bonds are posted through surety companies who guarantee the bond on behalf of the inmate.  The amount of the bond is based on a variety of factors ranging from the immigrants’ ties to the U.S., including the number of years in the country, their job history, any mortgage or income taxes paid, whether they are married or if their parents are U.S citizens.  For information regarding immigration bonds in Orange County, San Diego County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, or Los Angeles County, please call Penny Bail Bonds ANYTIME at 1-866-736-6977  or visit us at or