President Joe Biden pulled out of settlement talks this week with illegal immigrants who were “separated” from their families after trying to illegally cross the border.
This week, President Joe Biden backed out of settlement talks with illegal aliens who got “separated” from their families following their attempt to illegally cross the border.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, amid political outcry from GOP lawmakers following reports of the settlement talks, the government told outside negotiators that the number should be lowered. However, according to the lawyers, the Department of Justice backed out of these talks entirely.
In late October, the Wall Street Journal reported that the current administration was thinking about granting payments as high as $450,000 to every illegal migrant who got separated from their family. This “could amount to close to $1 million a family, though the final numbers could shift.”
Per the October report, a lot of families would likely receive smaller payouts based on their situation. Given this, the total payout could amount to over $1 billion. This move comes as Biden’s administration tries to resolve almost a thousand lawsuits that such families have filed so far.
According to Dena Iverson, the Justice Department’s spokeswoman, the current administration is still “committed to engaging with the plaintiffs and to bringing justice to the victims.”
Lee Gelernt, the deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, expressed his thoughts about this and said “We are hardly naive that politics sometimes plays a role in DOJ decisions but it is shameful that it happened when the lives of little children are at stake.”
“History will not look kindly on the Biden administration’s decision not to stand up for these small children,” he went on to say.