President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that adults and children believed to be family units who were separated at the border during the Trump administration will not receive payments of $450,000 from the government, according to CNN.
The president didn’t talk about other potential monetary retribution the government might take on due to the separation of families under the zero-tolerance policy from the past administration, however he did say the rumors are “not true” about the previously reported settlements.
This report came after it was reported that negotiations were underway to make some type of compensation for those who were affected by the policy, and CNN cited a source that noted several different figures were being taken into account.
However, financial compensation for those who were believed to have been separated from their families will likely vary case by case, if it is implemented, and not all those who make a claim would get the maximum amount.
According to CNN, it was The Wall Street Journal who first reported that the government was considering payments of $450,000 per individual affected by the policy. This is in response to lawsuits, including those by The American Civil Liberties Union’s 2019 suit.
The ACLU was looking to receive damages for the emotional toll that it took on families of illegal immigrants who were treated in a way that caused distress for those attempting to enter the country illegally.
ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said in a statement Wednesday that the Biden Administration needed to fi what the Trump administration did during the 45th president’s tenure in the White House:
“President Biden may not have been fully briefed about the actions of his very own Justice Department as it carefully deliberated and considered the crimes committed against thousands of families separated from their children as an intentional governmental policy,” Romero said.
“But if he follows through on what he said, the president is abandoning a core campaign promise to do justice for the thousands of separated families. We respectfully remind President Biden that he called these actions ‘criminal’ in a debate with then-President Trump, and campaigned on remedying and rectifying the lawlessness of the Trump administration.”