Here's a bit of advice you probably thought you'd never hear from an attorney in a million years: stay in jail. While that may be counter to everything you've ever heard, for illegal immigrants, staying in jail may be the best course of action. Here's why: there are a host of offenses for which the federal government can deport an immigrant. You may think you've won your freedom when they release you, but members of ICE could be waiting to take you into custody, where you could be held for months and then deported. For many, that could mean being separated from family members and loved ones, perhaps for years at a time.