Miguel Bonilla had been detained for over 3 months at Dodge Detention Center. At his last court hearing the judge told him he could be released if he paid bond and applied for cancellation of removal, a form of immigration relief.
Miguel came to the United States over 11 years ago from Mexico. He is a father of two small citizen children and husband to a citizen wife. In 2011 he was involved in a car accident and stayed at the scene of the accident. He was issued a court date, however he did not appear because he was afraid officials would find out about his undocumented status. Due to his lack of appearance a warrant for his arrest was issued. Unfortunately, he had an altercation with a friend who knew about the arrest warrant and called the police. Upon learning that Miguel did not have a legal status the police transferred him to an ICE detention center in Dodge County, Wisconsin.
Miguel Bonilla got release from Dodge County Detention Center on August 8, 2013. He had still been detained because he could not pay the $5,000 immigration bond that was set for him by the immigration judge; however, his good friend worked night and day for weeks to save enough money to pay for bond. Yet let us not forget that he was detained for almost four months when the immigration judge told him he might qualify for immigration relief! He did not deserve to be detained for such a long period of time for the sole purpose of Dodge County and its Detention Center to make a profit through his detainment. As early as 2008, Dodge County has transferred yearly at least 3,000 immigrants under ICE custody. Among Miguel are thousands of immigrants still in detention across the country, some out of the inability to pay for legal representation or the high price tags set by immigration judges for their freedom.