I was in immigration court recently handling a bond hearing, and the judge almost didn’t set a bond (and set it quite high) because my client had several discrepancies in his story well before he came to America.
- He came via South America and used a false name and nationality going through Panamanian and immigration.
- He scaled a border wall before surrendering to police.
- He called his potential bond sponsor both his uncle and his father’s friend, not making it clear which it was.
- He said during his credible fear interview that he gave his passport to his uncle, and during the bond hearing, he said he gave it to his transporters.
- He repeatedly said “I was afraid” during the transport.
All of this counted toward potentially being a flight risk in the judge’s eyes.
What is the moral of this story? Tell the truth! What ICE recommended be a $15,000 bond ended up being double, and that was after a lot of advocating on my client’s behalf. He is lucky to post bond at all.