New Orleans, LA asked in Immigration Law and Identity Theft for Texas

Q: Do illegal immigrants have a right to call there family?

Last time communication between family was 05/22/2024 @ 1214pm from MFE airport from an agent

Family has called to McAllen PD

And ICE office and “supposedly” not in detention

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
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  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Yes, immigrants in detention, regardless of their legal status, have the right to communicate with their family. This includes the right to make phone calls and have access to legal representation. Detention facilities are required to allow detainees to contact their families and attorneys, though there may be specific rules and schedules governing these communications.

Since you last communicated with your family member on May 22, 2024, and have not heard from them since, it's important to continue reaching out to the appropriate agencies. You should contact ICE directly and provide them with as much information as possible, including the last known location and any identification numbers.

If the family member is not showing up in the detention records, you might also consider reaching out to local organizations that assist with immigration and detainee rights. These organizations can sometimes provide additional resources and support to help locate and ensure the well-being of your family member.

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