Immigration Detention Facilities in New Jersey
The immigration process is not just paperwork. Immigration violators may be taken into custody by immigration authorities, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
Non-citizens can be taken into custody for violating the conditions of their Visa (overstay), for having committed criminal offenses, or simply for being in the country illegally (entry without inspection).
In New Jersey, there are several detention facilities where immigrants are held in custody while awaiting their removal hearing or execution of a deportation order.
Delaney Hall is a low-security immigration detention facility mostly for arriving aliens (asylum seekers) and non-dangerous individuals that have been found in violation of immigration laws.
Non-citizens can be located through the ICE detainee locator.
For information about someone that is in custody at Delaney Hall, you can call (973) 491-6042 Monday to Friday, between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. When calling this number, you will be asked the detainee's information, such as first and last name, date of birth and country of birth.
At Delaney Hall, detainees cannot receive calls. However, you can set up an account for a detainee so that he or she can call you. If you have an emergency message for a detainee, you have to call (908) 282-5700 and leave the detainee's full name, alien registration number and your name and call back number.
Elizabeth Detention Center
The Elizabeth Detention Center is a temporary accommodation for non-citizens who are waiting for a hearing before an immigration judge, or are waiting to be sent back to their native country following a deportation order. Statistically, most of the detainees of this detention facility are charged with having committed a criminal offense or with being subject to mandatory detention under INA § 236.
The Elizabeth Detention Center is a converted warehouse just south on Newark Liberty airport. It is administered by a for-profit corporation, and has its own immigration court, known for non-generous treatment of immigrants. The jurisdiction of the Elizabeth Immigration Court is strictly limited to the cases of non-citizens that are in custody of the Detention Center. The immigrants that can post an immigration bond have their case moved to the Newark Immigration Court.
If you or a loved one is held in custody by immigration authorities, contact a New Jersey Immigration Attorney as soon as possible.