Joe Biden makes full reversal on $450,000 border commuter payments

President Joe Biden has totally reversed his announced plans to pay nearly 1,000 families of illegal aliens $450,000, now demanding that their lawsuits be dropped.

Last year, Biden’s Departments of Justice (DOJ), Homeland Security (DHS), and Health and Human Services (HHS) were in settlement talks with border workers represented by the American Liberties Union. (ACLU), who claim to have suffered trauma as a result of former President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy.

In late December 2021, after intense backlash, ACLU attorneys announced that the Biden administration had dropped plans to offer $450,000 payments to 940 borderline workers filing claims. The lawyers had requested an average of $3.4 million for each family of illegal aliens.

Now, not only has Biden rescinded his plans to make border crossing payments, but his Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking to have the claims dismissed in federal court, according to CBS News:

But a review of court records and interviews with four lawyers working on these cases show that the Justice Department under President Biden has sought to dismiss lawsuits by migrant families seeking reparations and is not settling individual cases to compensate families he judges just. [Emphasis added]

Instead, lawyers representing the Biden administration have argued to federal judges that families seeking financial redress for Trump-era border separations are not eligible for compensation under the Federal Tort Claims Act, citing US authorities’ discretion over the detention and treatment of migrants. [Emphasis added]

In a recent case, US Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore denied the Biden administration’s request to drop a lawsuit brought by a family of illegal aliens.

“The fact that the government is now trying to shirk responsibility for a policy that is still unfolding, as some children are still waiting to be reunited with their families, is not legally defensible,” Westmore wrote. , rejecting the request.

Last year, Angel Families – those who have lost loved ones to illegal immigrants – called the payments “a scheme to create millionaires among more than 5,000 families of illegal aliens” in statements to Breitbart News.

The cost of border crossing payments would have been more than $1 billion and more than was paid to American victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks or victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at Follow him on Twitter here.


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