“If it saves taxpayers money and leaves behind the disastrous history of the previous government’s use of ‘zero tolerance’ and family segregation, the President is perfectly happy that the Justice Department is dealing with the individuals and families currently in litigation with the US government, “said Jean-Pierre during the press conference in the White House.
When asked about Biden’s testimony, Jean-Pierre replied that the president was reacting to “the dollar figure mentioned”. She referred to the Justice Department what the dollar number might be.
Following Biden’s comments on Wednesday, the Department of Justice told attorneys representing families segregated on the U.S. southern border under the Trump administration that reported settlement numbers are “higher than anywhere a settlement can land,” said Anthony Romero. Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, told CNN.
When asked if the president had consulted with the Justice Department about the settlements, Jean-Pierre said Biden believed in the ministry’s independence.
More than 3,000 children were separated from their families on the US-Mexico border under former President Donald Trump. It is unclear how many people are entitled to payments.
External groups and a government watchdog have discovered over the years that children who have been separated from their families as part of the “zero tolerance” policy have suffered trauma. A 2019 general health and social inspector’s report included reports from facility staff detailing the inconsolable crying of children as they split up, the children’s confusion, and the belief that their parents had abandoned them .
Human Rights Doctors compared it to “torture,” and the American Academy of Pediatrics told CNN that the Trump administration’s practice of separating families at the border was “child abuse.”
The Biden government is committed to assisting family reunification through a family reunification task force. Since the task force was set up, 58 children in the United States have been reunited with their parents, the file says.