Immigration Resources

If a Non-Citizen is arrested:

1.) You can find a booking picture and charges on the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office website

2.) You can call Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Hotline at (504) 827-6777.

The website above will show you if an “ICE Hold or ICE Detainer” has been issued. Whether an ICE Hold is issued or not, these are your next steps.

Non-Citizen with NO ICE Hold:  This person is still able to make bond and be released without having any interference from ICE. Be aware that an ICE hold is still able to appear on their case even after you have posted bond and they are being processed out of the Sheriff's system. This means that they will not be released even after paying the bond. Responding quickly is necessary to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Non-Citizen with ICE hold: This person may be released to ICE custody if a “release” in the criminal case has been issued. This happens if someone posts the bond or the criminal case itself has been resolved. ICE then has 48 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) to transfer them to an ICE Facility.

 Where are people held in immigration detention?

Generally, anyone arrested in Louisiana is sent to one of the four major immigration detention centers in the state (but ICE has a “national” detention strategy and sometimes detains people elsewhere).

The LaSalle Detention Center: 830 Pinehill Rd; Jena, LA 71342, (318) 992-7800

Oakdale Federal Detention Center: PO Box 5010; Oakdale, LA 71463, (318) 215-2046

Tensas Parish Detention Center: 8606 Hwy 65; Waterproof, LA 71375, (318) 749-5810

South Louisiana Correctional Center: 3843 Stagg Avenue; Basile, LA 70515, (337) 452-5493

To locate someone in immigration custody: The process is easiest if you have the person’s A#, an 8 or 9 digit identification number starting with “A” assigned to each person by ICE. The A# appears at the top of any immigration paperwork. You can also locate the person by full name and date of birth.

ICE Online Detainee Locator System:

EOIR Hotline: 1-800-898-7180 (The Hotline will provide information about ongoing immigration proceedings, including upcoming court dates.)

Contacting someone in immigration custody can be done three ways:

    1. In-person visitation
    2. Regular Mail – contact information given above
    3. Detainees can call landlines in the U.S. (collect) or cell phones in the U.S. with “credit” on them. You can install this here:

*Note: Families and friends who are themselves out of legal status should NOT call ICE directly or visit ICE facilities. ICE may arrest them. The use of a qualified attorney is a better way for direct ICE communication. ICE may require the attorney to file a G-28 Notice of Enrollment form in order to obtain information.

What happens once a person is detained?

Fast Removal: Departure will be expedited (no court proceedings) if…

  1. Person requests, and is granted, "voluntary departure." This involves paying for the return home and carries a three-year ban from lawful return. If an immigration judge issues an order of removal, a ten-year ban is issued.
  2. Person already has an existing order of deportation reinstated by ICE.
  3. Person accepts “stipulated removal.”

The following Immigration Legal Services can help with immigration case needs. 

LA/ Mississippi

Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy (GCCLP)
Immigration Services in New Orleans metro area
as well as Mississippi, Alabama and Florida
620 Oak Harbor Blvd., Suite 203
Slidell, LA 70458
Tel: (985) 643-6186
Fax: (985) 643-6118

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
Migragration and Refugee Services
1900 Acadian Thruway
PO Box 4213
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Tel: (225) 346-0660
Fax: (225) 346-0020


Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance (MIRA)
P.O. Box 1466, Jackson, MS 39215
(601) 354-9355

El Pueblo
696 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39530
(228) 436-3986

If your client fears for his life upon return to his home country, he should tell ICE when taken into ICE custody; ICE is required to arrange a “reasonable fear” interview with the closest asylum office (in Houston).

Bond: If your client is eligible for an immigration bond, ICE should set one. The bond is subject to review by an Immigration Judge; your client may also challenge a custody determination in a “Joseph hearing.” The person will NOT be eligible for bond if she/he has a conviction for any “aggravated felony,” “crime involving moral turpitude,” or drug, prostitution or firearms offenses.

Immigration Court Process: ICE initiates removal proceedings by issuing a Notice to Appear (NTA) stating why client is removable (charges). Client has a series of appearances before an immigration judge before the individual merits hearing. ICE counsel is present at each appearance. There is no right to immigration counsel for the person fighting removal.

  1. First Master Calendar Hearing: NTA charges and rights read; client may ask for time to hire an attorney; immigration judge may ask if client is claiming “relief” from removal.
    • Additional MCH: Admit or deny charges in NTA.
    • Additional MCH: File application for relief; schedule individual merits hearing.
  2. Individual Merits Hearing: Trial; judge rules at conclusion.

Length of Detention: Days to years, depending on 1) the extent to which the client fights removal, 2) client’s home country (e.g. takes much longer to transport people to India than Mexico), and 3) whether your client already has a passport.

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