I don't really understand the immigration hold process. Does it mean if he is in immigration jail or where ever they took him, that he is waiting to be deported, or is it possible that he won't?
They can deport him immediately if he has been in the country for less than 2 years or if he signs a document agreeing to be deported without seeing a judge. Otherwise, he will have the opportunity to go before a judge. If this is his first OVI AND his blood alcohol level was not extremely high AND he has other evidence that he is (generally) a responsible person, he can ask the judge to release him on bond. He should try to have documentary evidence that he has strong ties to the community and is no danger to the community. Whether or not he gets out on bond, he can apply for "relief" from deportation if he qualifies. You should speak to a lawyer immediately.
He will be given a charging document called a Notice to Appear (NTA) and he may have a bond set or he may be held without a bond. He will eventually be scheduled for a removal hearing. At the removal hearing he will have an opportunity to reply to the NTA and present reasons for not being removed from the US. He also has the option of requesting removal. he should have legal representation before the Cleveland immigration court. The earlier in the process the better.
It is possible that he will not be deported. It depends on numerous factors, as noted by the other attorneys, including: his immigration status, if he has other convictions, and whether he is eligible for any type of immigration benefits or relief that will allow him to remain in the United States even if he found deportable. I suggest you speak to an immigration attorney who will help you through this process.
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