Kinda knew this was coming……
While President Biden may have wanted to ‘do the right thing’ to address a Trump admin wrong?
But?…..Once the reports came out that that the settlement awards ‘could’ amount to hundred of thousands of US Tax payer dollars to the ‘illegal immigrant ‘ families like ACLU wanted?
The effort was dead in the water from a political point of view for the President…
Never mind that Biden mentioned maybe a $10,000 or so….
The Justice Dept. is now asking the judges involved to NOT ok ANY money for the over 2,800 families….
The judges ‘could’ ok smaller amounts , thus taking the blame off of President Biden, eh?
The Justice Department is arguing in court that immigrants who were forcibly separated from their families by the Trump administration do not deserve compensation for the actions of U.S. officials.
In a court filing in Pennsylvania on Jan. 7, Justice said the separated families are not entitled to compensation and asked the judge to dismiss the lawsuit, according to a report by the Washington Post.
A similar motion to dismiss was filed in California, and the Department of Justice (DOJ) is expected to follow the same strategy in similar lawsuits, according to the report.
The moves come after negotiations broke down in December between attorneys representing separated families and the DOJ.
While the DOJ said in its briefs it does not condone the Trump-era policy of separating families to dissuade unauthorized border crossings, it said the case was about whether migrants can challenge immigration enforcement.
“At issue in this case is whether adults who entered the country without authorization can challenge the federal government’s enforcement of federal immigration laws,” read the briefing. “They cannot.”
The hardline legal stance against immigrants comes in the wake of reports that the Biden administration was preparing to pay $450,000 to families that had been separated as part of the zero-tolerance policy….