President Biden wants to settle with illegal immigrant families that entered a lawsuit against the federal government. Officials from the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are now considering the payments that could total close to $1 million for two people within the same family. The "zero tolerance policy" applied to families who illegally crossed the US-Mexico border to claim asylum. Since children could not be detained alongside their parents, the families were separated, sometimes with no way to track and reunited them later on, government investigations found. The total potential payout could cost $1 billion or more.
The lump sums have been presented for the U.S. Justice Department to settle lawsuits with migrants who say the policy caused them lasting psychological damage.
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