The Biden administration is discussing paying out hundreds of millions of dollars to illegal immigrant families who were separated at the US-Mexico border under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy in 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
According to the Journal, the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are considering the payments in order to settle lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and others on behalf of families who crossed into the US from Mexico illegally to seek asylum.
The paper reports that the average demand in each lawsuit adds up to approximately $3.4 million per family, while the settlement offer being mooted by the Biden administration amounts to around $450,000 per person and close to $1 million per family.
The Journal reported that the ACLU has identified approximately 5,500 children affected by the policy, which advocates say caused physical and mental trauma in children who were taken from their parents. So far, around 940 claims have been filed by immigrant families. …
The paper added that the amount of the potential payouts has become a source of friction on the government side, with at least one lawyer threatening to remove his name from the case due to his disagreement with the size of the potential offer. …
“It’s unthinkable to pay a burglar who broke into your home for the ‘psychological trauma’ they endured during the crime,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) tweeted Thursday. “Yet the Biden admin wants to reward migrants who illegally entered our country with up to $450,000 each for just that reason. Insanity.” …
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas). “For perspective, if a service member is killed in action, their next of kin gets an insurance payment of $400,000. Let that sink in.”
Tucker: This is the most deranged story in history.
Whites gotta pay black and brown people. Any excuse will do.
hat-tip Stephen Neil, Charles May