Their aim: to draw attention to the large number of immigrants who remain in US custody – and to give hundreds of people a better chance of winning in their cases.
"It's ridiculous that people come to this country to look for security, and they have to pay these outrageous amounts of money," said Blake Vera, interim director of the group's bond fund. "We represent this to remove this financial hurdle."
According to the organization, bond payments are still processed Wednesday afternoon and some people should be released Wednesday night.
Immigration and customs enforcement claim that this is a standard procedure for an agency to release immigrants from custody if custody has been provided and paid. The bonds are not repressive, says ICE, but "they serve as a mechanism to encourage foreigners to appear in the immigration court."
Based on the average contribution to the RAICES Bond Fund, more than 25,000 donors were funded. The organization said that bonds pay Wednesday.
Final figures on how much bond money has been paid out and how many people could be released are expected later. According to the organization, several documents have already been submitted, but bond payments are still being processed.
Bond payments are made in San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Boston, Hartford. and Newark liberated people from 44 prison centers in 20 states. RAICS said.
"Nothing like this has happened before," Vera said.
Attorneys across the country detailed their efforts on Twitter. One group in Boston shares a photo of backpacks full of food and supplies that they said will be given to detainees released from custody.
One RAICES official says bond money is "really ransom"
Lawyers have long argued that immigrants who are not detained are more likely to fight deportation and win their cases because they are more likely to have lawyers and to collect supporting evidence more easily.
ICE argues that bond determination is done on a case-by-case basis, considering various factors.
"Bond decisions are based on the risk of alien flight and potential threats to public security," the agency says. "Each case is considered on a case-by-case basis, taking into account factors such as immigration history, criminal history and community ties."
"It's really ransom," he said.
Amounts of bonds to be paid on Wednesday range from $ 1,000 to $ 25,000, RAICES said.