President Joe Biden said on Saturday that families of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border during the Trump administration should be compensated, as his Justice Department is in negotiations with affected families.
Raising his voice, Biden said that regardless of the circumstances, people whose children were taken from them under the Trump administration’s family separation policy, meant to prevent families from entering the US illegally, would be remunerated. must be given.
“If, in fact, because of a previous administration’s abusive behavior, you’re coming across the border, whether legally or illegally, and you lost your child – you lost your child. It’s gone – you deserve some sort of compensation, no matter what the circumstance,” Biden said. “What that will be, I don’t know. I don’t know.”
Shortly after taking office, Biden created a task force to attempt to reunite hundreds of children and parents affected by the policy, which went into effect for several months during 2018 and sparked domestic and international outrage.
The government was considering a payment of about $450,000 to each person affected, but that figure has since changed, though not dramatically, a person familiar with the talks told the Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private.
Discussions are ongoing, and there is no guarantee that either side will reach a settlement.
According to court filings in a federal case in San Diego, nearly 5,500 children were separated from their parents as part of President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, under which parents are not allowed to cross the border illegally. He was separated from his children to face criminal trial. Inadequate tracking systems caused many to be separated for an extended time. The purpose of the payment is to compensate for the psychological trauma.
Lawyers for the families are also seeking permanent legal status in the United States for those separated as part of the practice, which a judge blocked in June 2018 six days after Trump under international pressure.