There was a hearing yesterday called by Alderman Danny Solis regarding immigration holds on people being brought through Cook County Jail. This was to probe whether city or county officials were tipping off Immigration and Customs officials regarding possible illegal immigrants in Cook County Jail.
Now, about half of my clients are Hispanic and about half of them are not legal residents. I do inquire as to your legal status when you sit for an interview with me, namely because a felony conviction will almost always preclude you from getting residency status, especially for drugs or violent crimes. However, that is, like all information imparted to me, kept in the strictest confidence.
Still, it is both city and county law, as well as federal law, not to inquire as to the immigration status of any applicant for city or county services, nor while you are in court. The U.S. Constitution applies to you, whether you are here legally or not.
What I have heard, far more often recently, is that folks going into Cook County Jail are being held on immigration holds, and not being released on bond. This was confirmed by the meeting this week that was held by Ald. Solis.
If you are here illegally, this should not result in an immigration hold. If you have another reason for the immigration hold (an outstanding warrant in another state, a prior felony conviction that could result in deportation, etc.) then it will be applied to you. What you need to do next is consult with a lawyer, and an immigration one at that.
Whatever criminal charges you are now facing are just the beginning of your problems.