Democrat President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice has caved to demands from Republicans and ended negotiations over monetary compensation for migrant families separated under the Trump administration.
The move from the Biden admin had triggered a furious backlash as many law-abiding taypaying Americans struggle with spiraling everyday costs and rising inflation.
Lawyers working for the families revealed the change in policy came after someone leaked to the media the administration’s plan to give huge cash payouts to illegal migrants.
The outrage reached across the political divide, with liberals even warning Biden he wouldn’t survive politically if he followed through.
The Biden admin was reported negotiating to give migrants who were “seperated” from family members under Trump near $450,000 each.
The move would have awarded many migrant families who crossed the border illegally under Trump almost $1 million in tax dollars.
Lee Gelernt, an American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who represents separated families said:
“It would be an understatement to say we are disappointed that the Biden administration allowed politics to get in the way of helping the little children deliberately abused by our government.
“There’s no explanation for not settling these cases other than the Biden administration is unwilling to use literally any political capital to help the young children deliberately abused by our government.
Trina Realmuto, a lawyer with the National Immigration Litigation Alliance, said:
“We are extremely disappointed that the negotiations have terminated and that the administration is walking away from its campaign promise to provide families with some measure of justice.
“We will be moving forward with our litigation,” the lawyer said.
The Department of Justice issued a statement that said:
“While the parties have been unable to reach a global settlement agreement at this time, we remain committed to engaging with the plaintiffs and to bringing justice to the victims of this abhorrent policy.”
JUST IN: U.S. ends talks over compensation for families separated under Trump, lawyers say https://t.co/ClXGLi0XbC
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 16, 2021
Fox News’ Peter Doocy asks President Biden about report saying the White House is planning to pay $450k to undocumented migrant families separated at the border.
For the first time on record, Biden denies the report, calling it “garbage.” pic.twitter.com/0yOB3u49cw
— The Recount (@therecount) November 3, 2021
We only pay $100,000 to the families of American soldiers who lose their life in the line of duty.
But the Biden administration is planning to send $450,000 to migrants who crossed our border illegally and were deported. pic.twitter.com/t09G52hNcm
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) November 4, 2021