Outrage ensued after the Wall Street Journal reported the Biden administration was actually considering issuing potential payments of an exorbitant amount to immigrant families who filed lawsuits claiming psychological trauma caused by the U.S. government.
The families were separated at the southern border when they illegally migrated into the United States. Allegedly Biden’s administration was contemplating payouts of roughly $450,000 a person, costing the U.S. government more than an estimated $1 billion.
Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton tweeted his response to the news Friday morning:
“Good news – the Biden Admin canceled its plan to pay detained illegal immigrants $450k. But remember: if the Administration could have done this quietly, they would have made these payment. They’re only backing down because they got caught.”
Good news—the Biden Admin canceled its plan to pay detained illegal immigrants $450k.
But remember: if the Administration could have done this quietly, they would have made these payments.
They're only backing down because they got caught.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) December 17, 2021
In November, at least eleven Republican senators put pressure on Biden to end settlement talks. “[R]ewarding illegal immigration with financial payments runs counter to our laws and would only serve to encourage more lawlessness at our border,” Senator Chuck Grassley and other Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote.
This week the Justice Department pulled out of negotiations.
National Review reports “The U.S. Department of Justice has pulled out of settlement talks with migrant families who were separated at the southern border under the Trump administration and instead plans to litigate hundreds of families’ claims, according to reports.”
“Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s immigrant rights project, served as a lead negotiator in the talks and reportedly told the Wall Street Journal the government ended settlement negotiations with families who have filed lawsuits claiming that the government subjected parents and children to lasting psychological trauma” adds National Review.
“We are hardly naive that politics sometimes plays a role in DOJ decisions but it is shameful that it happened when the lives of little children are at stake,” Gelernt told the Wall Street Journal. “History will not look kindly on the Biden administration’s decision not to stand up for these small children.”
The separations under question occurred under Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, which referred adults who entered the U.S. illegally for prosecution. Children who entered with those adults were separated from them and placed into the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.
“The separations occurred with no process for reuniting the families, as some parents were deported. President Trump later ended the policy in an executive order on June 20, 2018 after about 5,500 children were separated from their families, according to the ACLU.”
At the time, Biden had a tense exchange with a reporter who pressed him on the issue. “If in fact, because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you coming across the border — whether it was legal or illegal — and you lost your child,” Biden said, coinciding with his famous finger wagging. “You lost your child, he’s gone, you deserve some kind of compensation no matter what the circumstances.” He said, raising his voice at the reporter.
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“No city should be left to handle a national humanitarian crisis largely on its own, and without the significant and timely support we need from Washington, D.C., today’s budget will only be the beginning,” said New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams about his decision to make budget cuts as a result of the overwhelming migrant crisis.
However, those who will suffer from budget cuts to the city’s services to offset the cost of dealing with the ever-increasing number of migrants are those that are in place to make the city better.
“The cuts will see police freeze hiring and bring the total number of police officers below 30,000. It would further slash the education budget by $1 billion over two years and affect a litany of other agencies” reports Just The News.
Albeit, Adams admitted: “In all my time in government, this is probably one of the most painful exercises I’ve gone through.” More than 110,000 migrants have arrived in New York City over the past year, including roughly 13,000 sent from Texas by GOP Governor Greg Abbott as part of his ongoing bussing plan to send new arrivals to the U.S. to sanctuary cities.
However, similar to other leaders of sanctuary cities, Adams is unwilling to put his money where his mouth is. In September, Adams warned that the crisis would “destroy New York City” and begged the federal government to pay for his mess.
“I’m gonna tell you something, New Yorkers, never in my life have I had a problem that I didn’t see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this,” Adams said at the time. “The federal government needs to do its job. We need the federal government, the Congress members, the Senate and the president to do their job: close the borders,” said Adams’ advisor Ingrid Lewis Martin insisted in early October. “And until you close the borders, you need to come on with a full-on decompression strategy where you can take all of our migrants and move them through our 50 states.”
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