Courtesy of The Hill:
Families are being charged high fees and forced to deal with various bureaucratic hurdles to transport children from migrant shelters, according to a report from The New York Times.
The publication spoke to various family sponsors trying to obtain the release of migrant children being detained by federal immigration authorities but facing a series of obstacles, including fees of hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Sponsorship candidates have to show various documents to prove they are related to the migrants they are looking to transport, and that they are financially capable, according to the Times.
The documents include proof of income, rent records and utility bills.
After providing the documents, many families have been burdened with having to pay thousands of dollars in airfare.
One construction worker living in Los Angeles told the Times he found out he would have to pay $1,800 to fly a relative from Houston to Los Angeles. A Salvadoran woman was charged $4000 to fly her niece from a shelter in Texas to California, according to the Times.
According to the New York Times, some families are being judged incapable or not wealthy enough to have these children come live with them:
One potential sponsor was rejected recently because authorities decided she could not afford the child’s medication, Ms. Desai said. A mother of two was told that her house was not large enough to accommodate a third child. Another was told that she had to move to a better neighborhood if she wanted to be approved.
A new condition requires that all adults in the household where a migrant child will reside submit fingerprints to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Such a requirement has intimidated many undocumented immigrants, who represent the majority of sponsors but fear being targeted for deportation themselves.
While some of these new criteria may seem reasonable to protect the child some are clearly an attempt to identify new undocumented immigrants or to keep the children in government custody and separated from their families for an extended period of time.
And there are other methods that the government is using to keep families separated.
Courtesy of Mother Jones:
The Trump administration is denying bond to some parents who have been separated from their children and are eligible to apply for asylum, according to two Texas immigration lawyers. The unusual move, which can extend the amount of time the families remain separated, comes just days after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to quickly reunite separated families.
In an interview with Mother Jones, Austin-based immigration attorney Kate Lincoln-Goldfinch says that by denying bond and forcing migrant parents to remain in detention while they apply for asylum, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is “completely disobeying the judge’s order—intentionally.” Jodi Goodwin, a south Texas immigration lawyer who is working with separated parents at the Port Isabel detention center, agrees that the bond denials conflict with the recent injunction.
It is unclear how many migrants have been denied bond in recent days, but Lincoln-Goldfinch and Goodwin pointed to seven such denials they said had occurred since Thursday. The migrants have the right to appeal bond denials, but that process can take weeks.
You know I never bought that whole “family values” bullshit from the Republicans in the first place, but these new policies by the Trump Administration seem designed solely to tear families apart and forever damage their ability to reunite.