In some cases, immigrants are given the option to have an ankle bracelet on them instead of remaining in detention. This option is given to those immigrants that are not a threat to citizens but may be at risk for not appearing for court dates. If you have an immigration imposed ankle bracelet on and would like it removed, there are a few steps you can take to get it removed.
All immigrants with immigration imposed ankle bracelets have the right to request their removal after 60 days of wearing the bracelet, however if you are pregnant or have a medical condition affected by the ankle bracelet you have the right to have it removed immediately. For those who are not pregnant and do not have a medical condition, after or at the 60-day mark you need to write a letter to ICE indicating that would will go to court even if you do not have the ankle bracelet. You need to make 3 copies of the letter for your record and for ICE’s. Next, you need to hand deliver the letter to ICE or ISAP. After delivering the letter, you should follow up with ICE in a few days if they do not give you an immediate answer. Keep trying this process until the ankle monitor is removed.
When deciding whether or not to take the bracelet off, ICE wants to see that you have thus far been following all the rules imposed on you. They want to make sure you have a reliable phone number and a passport from your country of residence. If you do not have a passport from your country of residence and do not wish to get one just explain this in the letter or to the ICE official. It is important to have an attorney while you go through this process. They can advocate on your behalf, help ensure you are able to exercise your rights, and assist you with the letter writing process and proof of good behavior to submit to ICE. For more information, or for legal assistance with your Immigration case, please contact us at [email protected].
 Landerholm Immigration Law, What is the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. (07/24/2017).
 Guide: How to Request Removal of Your Ankle Monitor, sfbar,org (2016).