There is not enough information to evaluate specifics of this case. Motions for a bond can be done pro se, but attorney knows procedure and could be convincing.
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You've left a lot of key information out, such as why he has an ice hold to begin with, how long he's been in the us, etc.
You say you don't have money for a lawyer, but I strongly encourage you to come up with money to at least consult with an attorney to explore your options. Ice will not identify what forms of relief might be available to him (such as cancellation if he's been here for 10 years and is otherwise eligible).
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Good to know ICE is only 80% sure of their case. I find that ironic. Any person in removal proceedings may ask for a bond. As well, all persons in removal proceedings must be given a list of free and low cost legal representatives that practice deportation law in that court. You may want to scrape together whatever you can retain a lawyer on your own. There are many attorneys in Chicago and across the country that will take payment plans to help people and keep families together.
While illegal possession of a gun is serious, he might have the possibility of applying for cancellation of removal if he has been here for that long. Lot more info is needed. He should be able to get a bond as well.
Dhenu Savla, Esq.
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If he is ordered deported, he will not be released on bond to spend time with his children. If you contest deportation, he may be eligible for a bond.
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