Mexican Airline Volaris Promises To Reunite Immigrant Families For Free

Officials have claimed that around 500 kids who were separated from their families under the Donald Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy have been reunited.

But the number of children returned to their families was far from the approximately 2,300 who had been taken from their parents since the zero tolerance policy began in April, reports the Independent.

Now Mexican airline, Volaris, said on Friday that it was offering free flights to reunite families who had been separated.

In a statement, Volaris said: "It hurts us to see these children without their parents and it is our vocation to reunite them."

According to the MailOnline, the airline said it would work with authorities in the United States, Mexico and Central America to offer free flights on its pre-existing routes to reunite children with their parents.

Volaris flies to over 65 locations across Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

In the statement it said: "Volaris expresses its concern about the situation that some Mexican and Central American migrant families are facing in the United States.

"Since its founding, Volaris' mission has been to unite families. Families belong together and our commitment is to help them stay together to better build their future."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

After facing uproar at home and abroad, Trump buckled under the intense pressure on Wednesday and signed an order ending the separation of children from their families while parents were prosecuted for crossing the border illegally.

This week, four major U.S. airlines asked the federal government not to use their flights to transport migrant children away from their parents.

Some of the over 2,300 children separated from their parents since mid-April have been flown to states far from the border area between Mexico and the United States, which is where their parents are being charged in immigration courts.

There have been some cases of immigrants being deported without their children. On Thursday, El Salvador demanded a seven-year old boy be returned to his father who was deported back to the Central American country this week.

A family are escorted back across the border by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents. Credit: PA
A family are escorted back across the border by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents. Credit: PA

Thousands of children were separated from their parents in recent weeks, after the Trump administration began which required all adults caught crossing the border illegally to be referred for prosecution.

The practice sparked international outcry with celebrities taking to social media, donating money and speaking out about the policy.

Credit: Instagram/chrissyteigen
Credit: Instagram/chrissyteigen

Chrissy Teigen posted a picture on Instagram to say that her and John Legend would each be sending $72,000 (£54,266) to the American Civil Liberties Union.

The administration will now detain families together while individual members are prosecuted.

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Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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