This is his first offence. He is under immigration hold. Is it confirmed that the ICE will definitely come to arrest him? What if it wont come in 48 hrs? Can he be released after that?
If he is in the United States without valid immigration status, he could be placed in removal proceedings regardless of the fact that this is his first offense. ICE has discretion to take your friend into custody and/or initiate removal proceedings against him if he is without of status. Your friend can be released from custody once the ICE hold has either been lifted or run out. I would encourage you to retain an experienced immigration attorney on behalf of your friend.
He will most likely be handed over to ICE, and ICE will institute removal proceedings against him. He will have an opportunity to go before a judge and present a defense, however, it would be a bad idea to go through that process without being represented by a competent immigration attorney. Now is the time to start looking for one. Best of luck!
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