President Joe Biden’s administration is considering a plan that would give border workers, who have been subjected to former President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, about $ 450,000 each as part of a reparations-type payment .
Trump instituted the zero tolerance policy on the US-Mexico border in 2018 to curb illegal immigration. The policy, as Breitbart News reported at the time, had been in effect since at least before 2001.
As a result of this policy, adults crossing the border were often placed in detention centers separate from children with whom they arrived at the southern border. Since then, border workers who have been subject to the policy have sued the federal government.
The Biden administration, the the Wall Street newspaper reveals, is now considering providing those cross-border commuters with $ 450,000 each as part of a payment in the lawsuits.
In some cases, a migrant family could get around $ 1 million in such a payment, more than some American families received as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The payment, overall, could cost more than $ 1 million. ‘a billion dollars to American taxpayers.
The Newspaper reports:
The Biden administration is in talks to offer immigrant families who were separated during the Trump administration about $ 450,000 per person in compensation, according to people familiar with the matter, as several agencies work to resolve lawsuits filed on behalf of parents and children who claim the government has subjected them to lasting psychological trauma. [Emphasis added]
U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services Consider Payments That Could Reach Nearly $ 1 Million Per Family, although final numbers may change, people familiar with the matter said. Most of the families who crossed the border from Mexico illegally to seek asylum in the United States included a parent and a child, residents said. Many families would likely get lower payments, depending on their circumstances, the people said. [Emphasis added]
In another case, a Department of Homeland Security attorney involved in the settlement talks complained on a conference call that payments could amount to more than some families of 9/11 victims received, one person said. Others said senior ministry officials agreed on the amount and took issue with the 9/11 comparison, since the U.S. government was not responsible for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund allocated an average of around $ 2 million to the dead, tax-free, at the time an unprecedented payment, said the administrator of the fund. [Emphasis added]
“It would be unthinkable to pay damages to a burglar who broke into your house for the ‘psychological trauma’ he suffered during the crime,” Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) said in a statement. . “And yet the Biden administration wants to reward migrants who have entered our country illegally up to $ 450,000 each for this reason alone.”
“The Biden administration’s promises to citizenship and rights programs have already caused the worst border crisis in history – a huge cash reward will only make matters worse. This is the height of madness, ”Cotton said.
In their lawsuits, the border workers allege that their separation from the children with whom they arrived at the US-Mexico border caused mental health problems and trauma that they struggled to overcome.
Lawyers for cross-border workers want around $ 3.4 million per family unit.
Such settlements have taken place in recent years. For example, in June 2019, a family of Honduran border workers won $ 125,000 in damages after they filed a lawsuit claiming the federal government mistreated them by holding them in detention centers.
In May, reports circulated that as part of such a settlement with border crossers subject to the zero-tolerance policy, the Biden administration would repatriate illegal aliens deported to the United States and grant them amnesty so that they stay in the country, along with payments and social services.
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