The ISAP program is an alternative to the detention of immigrants, who ICE believes are likely to commit criminal acts, skip immigration hearings, or hide from immigration authorities to avoid deportation if they are not monitored. Although strictly speaking, people in the ISAP program are not in detention, their whereabouts and activities are closely monitored by ICE, and evasion of ISAP restrictions could result in detention.
ISAP participants are generally required to attend appointments with ICE officers (sometimes at the participants’ homes), and check-in with their case officers at regular intervals. Problems that have arisen during the coronavirus crisis include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
- ICE has suspended in-person appointments due to the coronavirus crisis;
- The coronavirus crisis has made it difficult for many ISAP participants to attend their appointments even if they are not canceled; and
- Case specialists are often difficult to contact by telephone.
If you face one of these problems, you should know that ICE is taking all of these difficulties into consideration. Your case specialist will likely contact you over the telephone as a substitute for an in-person appointment. If you have a scheduled in-person appointment, call your case specialist before your appointment.is scheduled, regardless of whether or not you are able to attend.
If you cannot get through by phone, leave a message with your name, A-number, and telephone number, and your case specialist will call you at some point. Be sure to keep a record of the date, time, and content of any calls you make or messages you leave — you may need this information later.