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RAICES Offers $20 Million to Post “Bonds” for All Separated Families

The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) announced that the funds received from the last few weeks will be used in the reunion of immigrant families. Earlier, about 2,500 children were separated from their parents at the US–Mexico border.

The Texas nonprofit organization recently announced that the funds will be utilized to help the immigrants. The NGO is planning to arrange a rally to Capitol Hill. There, it will offer a $20 Million check and will request the U.S. Government to release the immigrant mothers from detention centers.

The group proclaimed in a statement that the bonds generally cost between $5000–10,000. So, the amount of $20 Million will be sufficient to release approximately 2,500 immigrants in one go. RAICES stated that by paying this bond amount, the organization wants to assist the administration in complying with its court-ordered obligations.

The move is a representative gesture and aimed to highlight the slow work progress of the U.S. Government. It was expected to meet the Tuesday deadline for reuniting immigrant families.

RAICES estimated that about 2,500 children were separated from their parents at the US–Mexico border. Approximately half of the children less-than 5 Years old age were expected to be reunited with their families by the deadline. However, the Trump administration still has not assured about the reunification of the rest immigrant families.

On a related note, recently the Trump administration announced that it will offer $10 Million for the navigator program. It indicates that the administration has once again reduced the funding for a program that was intended to help Americans sign up for Obamacare. The latest move of Trump administration intends to weaken the Affordable Care Act. Earlier in 2017, the navigator program was provided with $36 Million in funding.

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