US Considering $450,000 Payments to Migrants Impacted By Trump Border Policy - Reports
© REUTERS / ADREES LATIFTexas State Troopers walk across the International Bridge as some migrants line up to depart on a bus as thousands of others await to be processed after crossing the Rio Grande river into the U.S. from Ciudad Acuna in Del Rio, Texas, U.S. September 20, 2021
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Biden administration is considering a plan to give approximately $450,000 in compensation to migrant families who were separated as a result of the former Trump administration’s border policy, the Wall Street Journal reported.
The departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services are considering the proposal to resolve lawsuits filed on behalf of parents and children who allegedly suffered psychological trauma as a result of family separation, the report said on Thursday.
The payouts could come close to $1 million per impacted family, with a total payout could be over $1 billion, the report added.
The Trump administration enforced a so-called “zero-tolerance” policy on asylum seekers who illegally crossed the US border starting in May 2018, causing immigration agents to separate thousands of children from their parents. The policy started during the administration of former President Barack Obama but was reversed in June 2018.
28 October 2021, 00:14 GMT
The American Civil Liberties Union has identified roughly 5,500 children who were separated from their family at the border by the Trump administration using government figures, the report said.
Lawyers for the families involved in the lawsuits told courts that they are in settlement negotiations and hope to finalize an agreement by the end of November, the report added.
The settlement discussions have been the subject of backlash, according to people familiar with the matter, with government lawyers viewing the payouts as excessive for people who broke the law by illegally crossing the border.
Pure insanity. The Biden administration is reportedly looking to pay $450,000 to illegal immigrants who knowingly broke the law.— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) October 28, 2021
It's a slap in the face to our law-abiding citizens who wake up, go to work, and pay their taxes.
Some lawyers involved in the discussions have said the payouts could be greater than those received by some of the families of September 11, 2001 terror attacks victims.