U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that, as of June 1, 2023, it will no longer allow in-person payments of immigration bonds and will require payments through a web-based system called Cash Electronic Bonds Online (CeBONDS).
The 50+ organizations who have signed on to a letter to ICE, organized by CREEC and Community Justice Exchange, are deeply concerned about the inaccessibility of CeBONDS to people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, people with limited to no access to the web or to computer technology, and people with limited to no access to bank accounts or banking services. We also share strong concerns about the data privacy and security of CeBONDS.
These organizations urge ICE to preserve the option to pay immigration bonds in person and to take immediate steps to make CeBONDS maximally accessible, functional, private, and secure.
The letter in its entirety can be read and downloaded below.