The South Texas Detention Complex located south of San Antonio in Pearsall, TX is one of the largest Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers in the United States. The Complex is a multi-level security facility that opened in 2005 and is run by a private company. There is space for 1,900 detainees that come from countries like Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, India and many other areas around the world.
A noncitizen who is dealing with immigration issues can spend many months at this facility waiting to see a judge if they have been captured at the border trying to enter the country illegally or they have been caught living in the country without proper documentation. Regardless of the situation, it is best for a noncitizen to contact an experienced immigration lawyer to help them understand their rights and explore all their legal options.
South Texas Detention Complex Attorneys
It doesn’t matter what immigration issue you are dealing with. The The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC is ready and prepared to take on your legal defense to ensure you are not alone when fighting for your immigration status. Marco Gonzalez and his team of professional lawyers will use their experience, resources and determination to ensure you have the best possible legal defense when facing an immigration judge.
The The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC represents clients who have been captured and detained all over Texas. If you were arrested in South Texas including Laredo, Brownsville, McAllen or any other surrounding area and you have found yourself in the Pearsall detention facility, contact The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC at (832) 530-4070 or fill out an online form for your free consultation.
South Texas Detention Complex Information Center
- Crackdown on immigration violations
- Facility information
- Delivery Bond
- South Texas Detention complex Resources
Crackdown on Immigration Violations
There have been many changes in laws the last few years in an attempt to crackdown on illegal immigration in the United States. Texas has led the charge against illegal immigration by passing what is commonly known as SB4 (Texas Senate Bill 4) in 2017. This bill allows local law enforcement officers to help identify and detain possible illegal immigrants for ICE officers. The bill requires cooperation between local and federal law enforcement officers in an attempt to crackdown on illegal immigration. The bill allows the following:
- Allows police, including college campus police, to question the immigration status of anyone they have pulled over, detained or arrested.
- Victims and witnesses who talk to police can also be asked about their immigration status.
- Requires sheriffs and police chiefs to cooperate with federal immigration officials.
- This cooperation can include honoring ICE detainer requests to hold an inmate until they can come pick them up.
- Allows Texas government to use taxpayer money to defend anyone who is sued for enforcing the bill.
- SB4 does not apply to school districts
- School police or contracted officers cannot ask about a parent or students immigration status.
This change in law has seen an influx of detainees in detention complexes, leaving thousands of people waiting to go in front of immigration court judges.
South Texas Detention Complex information
The South Texas Detention Complex located in Pearsall is owned by The GEO Group, Inc. This private company has been contracted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain people who the Department of Homeland Security has determined have violated immigration law. The following is important information regarding the facility.
566 Veteran’s Drive
Pearsall, TX 78061
Main phone: (830) 334-2939
Field office: (210) 283-4750
Parking: Parking spaces are available for visitor parking in front of facility.
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Detainees are allowed up to one hour of visitation a day.
- More time may be authorized for family members traveling significant distances.
- All visitors should arrive 30 minutes prior to scheduled visit.
- Adult visitors must present a valid government-issued ID to enter facility.
- A maximum of two adults and two children may visit at one time.
Attorneys and paralegals may visit detainees every day of the year, but it is their responsibility to contact each other for an appointment.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
There are some detainees within the South Texas Detention Complex that qualify to be released on bond until they can be seen by an immigration judge. A delivery bond may be posted when a person has been taken into ICE custody and moved to a detention complex to await removal proceedings while in the United States. The person posting the bond on behalf of the detainee must show a valid form of identity like a government issued ID.
The person posting the bond must understand the huge responsibility they are undertaking because they are responsible for ensuring that the detainee returns before an officer, representative or judge whenever a request is made.
Bonds for people detained by ICE may be posted at ICE ERO bond acceptance offices in Texas. The South Texas Detention Complex is an ICE ERO bond acceptance office.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
South Texas Detention Complex Resources
Immigration Court- This link provides information about the Pearsall immigration court including location, statistics, phone number and hours of operation. Applications for relief from removal, and other applications requested by the immigration judge must be filed directly with the immigration court.
Board of Immigration Appeals- This link provides information on the highest administrative body for interpreting and applying immigration laws in the United States. Any person seeking an appeal to an immigration decision will find more information on this website on how to ask for their case to be seen.
South Texas Detention Complex Lawyer
Don’t hesitate to contact the The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC if you have been detained by ICE and are currently detained in the South Texas Detention Complex. We can help you figure out exactly what your situation is and give you the best possible advice on what to do next.
Being in a detention complex and facing an immigration judge can be intimidating but not with the The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC by your side ensuring you are not alone. If you are currently in the Pearsall, TX after being detained anywhere in Texas including San Antonio, San Benito, Falfurrias or any other area contact The Gonzalez Law Group, PLLC at (832) 530-4070 today.