On Saturday, a reporter challenged President Joe Biden about his prior statements rejecting a story that the government considers awarding $450,000 payouts to illegal immigrants separated from their children. According to the Wall Street Journal, the reimbursements would be made to families who had been separated at the southern border.
“You lost your child, he’s gone, and no matter what the circumstances are, you deserve some recompense,” Biden stated, pointing his finger at the reporter. He stated that he had “no notion” how much the eventual payment would cost. When asked about the claim, Biden told a Fox News reporter, “That’s not going to happen.” According to a White House deputy press secretary, Biden referred to the cash sum cited in the story, not the families’ settlement.
According to White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, President Biden is “absolutely okay” with the Department of Justice settling with individuals and families suing the US government. She didn’t say how much President Joe Biden would contribute, but she indicated it would be in the tens of millions. According to Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Justice Department warned those participating in the talks that “the numbers publicized in the news are greater than wherever that settlement may fall.”
The Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services consider the payouts as they attempt to resolve cases alleging that the government subjected parents and children to long-term psychological distress. According to the research, the majority of the families who illegally crossed the border from Mexico consisted of one parent and one child, and many families would likely receive smaller reimbursements based on their circumstances.
Moreover, according to a report, potential compensation for families separated from their children at the US-Mexico border might cost the US government more than $1 billion. According to the newspaper, some government attorneys believe the reimbursements for illegal immigrants who break the law are disproportionate. A government lawyer threatened to withdraw his name from the lawsuit in response to the proposed settlement offer.