Families of migrant children are being charged exorbitant fees to gain their release from shelters.

By |2018-07-03T12:21:42+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

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.

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  1. Beaglemom July 3, 2018 at 5:55 am

    if she could read English, perhaps the third wife could read about the current phase of her husband’s cruel treatment of poor people seeking asylum here. The greedy phase. Maybe she would understand why glossy magazines don’t want to do feature articles about her or her family. The continuing nightmare that is this administration keeps getting worse.

    • Anonymous July 3, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      Also as the “first immigrant” first lady ( how that works I don’t understand, was Martha Washington born in the USA?) she could be more vocal about the terrible treatment of these families.

      But that might bring up the fact the she was here, working illegally and should have been deported.

      I have a feeling this is another scam to keep the families apart, I can see the excuses now, Oh we tried to reunite them, but they don’t have the money to pay for transport.

      They kidnapped the kids, the trump administration should be paying for reuniting them.

      What airline charges $4,000 to fly from TX to CA, trump airlines? Who is making the money on this scam and is trump getting a kick back or some favor for handing out contracts?

  2. Anonymous July 3, 2018 at 7:24 am


    ” “But the media doesn’t report on the human crisis of these children coming to the border themselves.”

    The conservative commentator suggested those children had essentially been immunized from trauma by their life experience before reaching the U.S. border.”

    • Beaglemom July 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      Santorum, like many other GOP politicians, only values children BEFORE they are born. To them, children are useless once they are living and breathing. Besides, who cares what Santorum thinks about anything? He hasn’t held a real job in over a decade.

  3. anonymous July 3, 2018 at 7:32 am


    “The people who knew about Larry Nassar’s abuse of gymnasts and Michigan State athletes, just like those who covered up Jerry Sandusky’s abuse of children at Penn State, committed crimes. If Rep. Jordan knew that wrestlers at Ohio State were being sexually abused and did nothing, he is at some level liable for the abuse the victims endured.” “A man who called for Hillary Clinton to be locked up deserves nothing less than to lose everything if he turned a blind eye to sexual abuse.”


    3>”three former wrestlers came forward with the allegations that Jordan knew they were being abused by former team doctor Richard Strauss, and that it was “common knowledge” that he would take showers with wrestlers. Jordan has denied knowledge of the scandal”


    • anonymous July 3, 2018 at 9:27 am


      “Holy Trigger Warning, Batman! NBC just dropped a story on a molesting sports doctor at Ohio State University, and it is HORRIFYING.

      “[Team Doctor Richard] Strauss sexually assaulted male athletes in at least fifteen varsity sports during his employment at OSU from 1978 through 1998,” [former wrestler Michael] DiSabato wrote in a June 26 email to Kathleen M. Trafford of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, the Columbus-based law firm that represents Ohio State. “Athlete victims include members of the following programs: football, basketball, wrestling, swimming, cheerleading, volleyball, lacrosse, gymnastics, ice hockey, soccer, baseball, tennis, track and cross country.”

      Chillingly, DiSabato added: “Based on testimony from victim athletes from each of the aforementioned varsity sports, we estimate that Strauss sexually assaulted and/or raped a minimum of 1,500/2,000 athletes at OSU from 1978 through 1998.”
      (Strauss committed suicide in 2005.)’ “”For God’s sake, Strauss’s locker was right next to Jordan’s and Jordan even said he’d kill him if he tried anything with him,””
      “We’re not going to speculate here how the sexual assault scandal will affect the November election. These men’s trauma isn’t a political game. But clearly a person who looked the other way while thousands of young men were molested and then lied about it to save his own career does not belong in the United States Congress.

      GET. THE. FUCK. OUT. NOW.”

  4. Anonymous July 3, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    So, first the Trump administration steals these children, then extorts money for their return. Isn’t that called kidnapping?

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