The Joe Biden administration has not reached a settlement with prosecutors for families who have filed lawsuits over these divisions, but has opened up the possibility of doing so in the future.
“Although the parties have not been able to reach a comprehensive agreement at this time, we are determined to engage with the plaintiffs and bring justice to the victims of this heinous policy,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
Plaintiffs seeking compensation for cases they consider to be mentally disturbed announced that they would continue the process.
“We’re going to court again,” said AFP Lee Gellernd, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Immigration Rights Program, which filed one of the lawsuits.
“The shock to our children and parents by our own government is immeasurable. We must do the right thing,” he lamented.
After taking office as president in January under the promise of a more “humanitarian” approach to immigration, Biden officially halted Trump’s policy of “zero tolerance” on the southern border.
The order, which was suspended in June 2018 amid harsh criticism from the former president, has intensified criminal cases against those caught entering the country illegally, leading to the separation of thousands of minors from their parents.
In late October, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. Department of Justice and Homeland Security (DHS) were in talks to pay compensation to the families of victims who sued the government, and that the money could reach $ 450,000.
Biden rejected the amount announced in November, but said he would support compensation for displaced families.
The DHS reported in June that 3,913 children had been identified as separated from their families on the US-Mexico border during the Trump administration.
Of these, 1,786 minors were sent back to their families.
Arrests of undocumented persons on the southern border of the United States have reached record numbers in recent years, with most coming from Central America and Mexico.
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