Families charged steep fees to transport children from migrant shelters: report
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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 $4,000 to fly her niece from a shelter in Texas to California, according to the Times.

The report comes as the Trump administration faces major backlash for its "zero tolerance" policy, which led to more than 2,000 migrant children being separated from their parents from April to May. In total, some 11,000 children and teenagers caught trying to cross the border are currently housed in government shelters, according to the Times.

Trump caved in the face of backlash against the family separation policy last month and signed an executive order ending the practice.

However, thousands of migrant families have yet to be reunited. 

U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw last week ordered the administration to immediately start working to reunite immigrant families.