As the hearing dates in immigration court near, some of the people will obtain a chance to be reunited with their families when their bond is set. But many could find the bond, which can vary from $7,500 to $10,000, too steep of a price to pay on their own.
“It will be very hard for people to raise bond,” HOLA Ohio executive Director Veronica Dahlberg said. “If they don’t have the money to post their bonds then they will have to sit in detention until their next court date and that could take months.”
HOLA Ohio, a Latino community advocacy group, has been helping the families and the community of the people detained in the raid.
“All the resources in the community have been depleted since the raid and no paychecks have been coming in,” Dahlberg said. “Usually when someone is detained, people from the community chip in to pay the bond together, but in this case, there are just too many people.”
HOLA has organized a GoFundMe campaign to contribute money to bond amounts so families can be reunited as they await their next court dates.
“They’re probably only a few who are going to be eligible for bond,” Dahlberg said. “We aren’t going to be able to pay the entire bond, but our hope is to provide some support.”
An individual donor has promised to provide $25,000 in matching funds, so if HOLA reaches its GoFundMe goal, they’d have $50,000 to help pay bonds.
“It’s important for us to try to reunite the families,” Dahlberg said. “Some of these people are single parents.”
The funds will also be used to help pay the bond of the people detained following the raid at Fresh Mark in Salem, Ohio. HOLA estimates almost 200 children remain separated from a parent because of the raids.