President Biden’s administration is considering whether to make payments to immigrants who were separated from their families at the border under former President Trump’s administration, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
The report, based on remarks from “people familiar with the matter,” states that payments of “around $450,000 a person in compensation” could be issued to immigrants affected by Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy in an effort “to resolve lawsuits filed on behalf of parents and children who say the government subjected them to lasting psychological trauma.”
The Journal stated the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services are “considering payments that could amount to close to $1 million a family,” though final payment amounts could change as some “families would likely get smaller payouts, depending on their circumstances.”
The sources also told the Journal that around 940 claims have been filed by immigrant families who were separated at the border.
In 2018, the American Civil Liberties Union, citing numbers provided by the government, said “at least 2,654 immigrant children were separated from their parents or caregivers” under Trump’s immigration policies.
Fox News did not receive an immediate response from the White House.