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Joe Biden’s $ 450,000 payments to border workers stagnate amid backlash

A plan circulated by President Joe Biden’s administration to provide borderers subject to former President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy with payments of $ 450,000 has apparently stalled amid backlash.

Biden’s Departments of Justice (DOJ), Homeland Security (DHS), and Health and Human Services (HHS) are working to settle with a number of border workers represented by the ACLU, who claim to have suffered trauma as a result of zero tolerance. Politics.

As part of the settlement, lawyers for DOJ, DHS and HHS are considering a plan that would give each border worker about $ 450,000 and family units about $ 1 million. The total cost of payments would reach $ 1 billion.

Lawyers for the ACLU have since suggested that payments have stalled, according to the Associated Press:

Migrants whose children were taken from them under former President Donald Trump’s zero-tolerance border policy failed to reach a settlement deal with the US governmentan attorney for the families said Thursday as he and other lawyers fended off growing criticism of a proposal to pay them compensation. [Emphasis added]

American Civil Liberties Union attorney Lee Gelernt declined to discuss details of the talks or confirm a previously reported settlement proposal worth several hundred thousand dollars to each affected person. However, he retained the possibility of a trial, involving separated parents of children as young as six months as witnesses, if there is no agreement to end the dispute. [Emphasis added]

“All I can say is there is no deal on the table and we don’t necessarily have a timetable,” Gelernt said. during a conference call with journalists. [Emphasis added]

The sudden sluggishness of the case came after a backlash following the first reports in October which indicated that the Biden administration was considering payments of $ 450,000 – an amount greater than that of the U.S. victims of the 11 terrorist attacks. September 2001.

About 63% of Americans told CBS News / YouGov pollsters they were opposed to payments, including 64% of swing voters, and even 4 in 10 voters who backed Biden against Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

Polls by Rasmussen Reports and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) showed similar results where a majority of Americans, possibly including swing voters, oppose the payments.

Last week, during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was apparently forced to defend payments to border workers – describing the matter as standard court proceedings.

“What is the appropriate outcome of this litigation in response to the policy of family separation, the cruel policy, is something I cannot comment on,” Mayorkas said.

Meanwhile, Angel Families – those who have lost loved ones to illegal immigration – have called the payments “a plan to create millionaires among more than 5,000 families of illegal aliens.”

“None of these illegal aliens deserve more than a return to their home country,” Angel Families with Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC) wrote in a statement. “… what does the government owe to families who have been victims of illegal aliens, often forever?” “

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

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