“If it saves taxpayer dollars and puts the disastrous history of the previous administration’s use of ‘zero tolerance’ and family separation behind us, the President is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with the individuals and families who are currently in litigation with the US government,” Jean-Pierre mentioned throughout the White House press briefing.
Responding to a query about Biden’s assertion, Jean-Pierre mentioned the President was reacting to “the dollar figure that was mentioned.” She deferred to the Justice Department on what the greenback determine might be.
After Biden’s feedback on Wednesday, the Justice Department instructed attorneys representing households separated on the US southern border beneath the Trump administration that the reported settlement figures “are higher than anywhere that settlement can land,” American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero instructed CNN.
When Jean-Pierre was requested if the President consulted with the Justice Department in regards to the settlements, she mentioned Biden believes within the division’s independence.
More than 3,000 youngsters have been separated from their households on the US-Mexico border beneath former President Donald Trump. It’s unclear how many individuals could be eligible for funds.
Outside teams and a authorities watchdog have discovered over time that youngsters separated from their households beneath the “zero tolerance” coverage skilled trauma. A 2019 Health and Human Services inspector common report included accounts of facility workers detailing the inconsolable crying of kids after they have been separated, the children’ confusion and perception they’d been deserted by their mother and father.
The Physicians for Human Rights likened it to “torture,” and the American Academy of Pediatrics instructed CNN the Trump administration’s apply of separating households on the border was “child abuse.”
The Biden administration has dedicated to serving to reunite households as a part of a household reunification activity power. Since the creation of the duty power, 58 youngsters have been reunified with their mother and father within the United States, in response to the submitting.