Can Immigration Officials Freeze Bank Accounts?

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by David Sherman, Criminal Defense Attorney with Freeman & Associates

The immigration judge only has jurisdiction over immigration issues  and the removal order issued by an immigration judge will not authorize the federal government to freeze or seize you assets and bank accounts UNLESS the money in your accounts is due to some type of criminal activity or being used to fund illegal acts such as terrorism.

Keep in mind that bank accounts can be seized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) after a tax-related proceeding or by law enforcement after a state or federal court process but they will not be frozen or seized as part of a deportation hearing.

If you have any other questions relating to immigration and your rights, please contact Freeman & Associates.