If the detained alien’s family has hired a lawyer, the detained lawyer may experience difficulty in locating which detention center the alien is being held. If the alien is detained at an immigration detention center that is far from the immigration lawyer’s residence and or business address, the lawyer will use up valuable time and incur considerable expense to see the detained alien at the detention facility they are in.
If the detained alien or his relatives have not yet hired a lawyer, the detained alien will have difficulty finding a lawyer to represent them and difficulty obtaining the services of a lawyer. They will have difficulty coordinating and communicating with their lawyer when they remain in detention. Any possible documents that they need as evidence will be difficult for them to procure. Witnesses will be difficult to contact.
More importantly, the detained alien will not be able to see or speak with their family or earn a living (if they had a job). The detained alien may even be dismissed from their employment as a result of their detention. They will not be able to explore and apply efficiently for other immigration relief that may be available to them.