When ICE released him on his own recognizance (without a bond) ICE most likely placed him in removal proceedings in immigration court. As such, he must have been issued an I-94 card which reads "In proceedings". That card contains an "A" number assigned to him and gives him the right to apply for an EAD.
But that's not the real issue. What the issue here is that he is most likely in danger of being deported, unless he successfully invokes the defense of cancellation of removal, who h could also win him a green card in court. But he needs to prove to have "good moral character".
It is this URGENT that he immediately consults worth and hopefully hires a reputable and experienced immigration lawyer to successfully represent him in immigration court.
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The document he was given when released can also have specific instructions for him during release. Follow them. His A number will be on this document, and it often gives details of work eligibility. This is now an emergency and time to seek an immigration attorney.
Yes. Consult an immigration attorney.
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