The Tell: Mark Cuban, Pitbull step up, but Trump administration making Puerto Rico evacuees pay

A billionaire business shark and a “worldwide” pop star have donated the use of their own planes, but the Trump administration is making U.S. citizens pay “full fare” to be evacuated from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

What’s worse, the U.S. government, in accordance with a long-standing but discretionary policy, will hold the evacuees’ passports as collateral until it gets its money.

According to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs:

  • Anyone evacuated on U.S.-government coordinated transport, including charter and military flights, must sign an Evacuee Manifest and Promissory Note (Form DS-5528) note prior to departure.
  • The promissory note obligates an evacuated person to repay the cost of the transportation to the U.S.

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