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DOJ Ends Settlement Talks of $450k Payments Per Person for Migrants Separated at Border

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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.”

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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Overdose death in IN apartment building leads officers to 13 migrants, mostly children, in basement squalor

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13 illegal aliens — most of them children — were reportedly living in an apartment building basement in Indiana, only found because of an overdose death. Officers of the Hammond Police Department were called to investigate the death of a resident in the multi-unit building. But during the investigation, officers discovered a large number of migrants were illegally living in the building’s basement, WGN-TV reported.

When officers arrived, they found 13 illegals from Venezuela — including nine children ranging in age from two months to 14 years, and two women and two men — living in the basement space.

Neighbors told the media that they had no idea that so many people were living illegally in the building as they never saw any of them outside the home.

Further investigation revealed that a local member of the clergy had arranged the illegal living quarters for the migrants. The clergy member was not identified publicly and he has not been charged with anything at present.

“The City of Hammond is not open to this type of illegal criminal activity and [they have] placed people in significant harm, including children,” said Hammond Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. who insisted he would hold the clergy member accountable.

It has not yet been reported what the migrants will do, where they will go, and if the city will be on the hook to care for them.

Breitbart News reports that Hammond, Indiana, is just one of many cities in which large numbers of illegals have been found crammed into small spaces in squalid living conditions.

In March, New York City building inspectors discovered an illegal flop house for migrants in which some 70 of them were living in the cramped basement of a Queens furniture store. Through an investigation it was found that the building’s owner, a man named Ebou Sarr, himself an immigrant, was charging the illegals $300 a month to live there.

 

 

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