According to The Wall Street Journal, the Biden administration could pay $450,000 per person to illegal immigrants’ families who were separated at the U.S.–Mexico border.
Family payments could reach close to $1million. According to the report, some families will receive lower payouts depending upon their circumstances.
The U.S. government was supposed to reunite migrant children with their parents within 30 days after they were separated at the border. This was in 2018.
At least 1,000 children are still not home with their parents three years later. In June, the Biden administration overturned the policy and established a Family Reunification, Task Force. This Task Force has reunited 52 families that were separated by former President Donald Trump as of October 8. According to the Department of Homeland Security, approximately 2,800 children were removed from their parents in accordance with the 2018 policy.
Michelle Brané, the chair of the task force, stated that there is no system for documenting separations.
”So there’s nowhere to go to find out who was separated or not. It really is case-by-case detective work,” she said during an interview with CBS’ ”60 Minutes,” adding that the situation is ”shocking.”
Sharyn Alfonsi, a correspondent for “60 Minutes,” said that a border station used a whiteboard in order to track children.
According to the Journal, the American Civil Liberties Union represents families in one of these lawsuits and estimates that approximately 5,500 children were separated at the border during the Trump administration.
Many lawsuits refer to psychological trauma that both parents and their children suffer from.
”President Biden has agreed that the family separation policy is a historic moral stain on our nation that must be fully remedied,” Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s immigrant-rights project and a lead negotiator on one of the lawsuits, told the Journal. ”That remedy must include not only meaningful monetary compensation, but a pathway to remain in the country.”