McConnell criticizes possible payments to separated migrant families

“Honestly, this absurd idea feels like a satirical political proposition that Republicans would have made up to make a parody of the radical left. Oh, and the next thing you know, they’ll send million-dollar checks to illegal immigrants,” he said. McConnell in the Senate.

Eleven Republican senators also wrote a letter to the president on Monday asking him to reject possible payments.

“Rewarding illegal immigration with financial payments is against our laws and would only serve to foster more lawlessness on our border,” said the Iowa senator. Chuck grassleyChuck Grassley McConnell Criticizes Possible Payments to Separated Migrant Families Collins Takes 8,000 Consecutive Roll Call Votes in Senate Bipartisan Legislators Aim for Negotiation of Judges’ Actions with New MORE Bill and 10 other Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote: according to The Wall Street Journal. “To that end, I ask that your administration refuse to issue settlement payments for foreigners who violated our laws.”

Payments would amount to roughly $ 450,000 per person, or about $ 1 million per family, to settle lawsuits filed by parents and children alleging that the government’s actions caused them lasting psychological trauma. Actual payments could change and would likely be less depending on individual family circumstances, the Journal reported.

The families that were separated have filed more than 900 claims so far, and officials aren’t sure how many others could come forward or show that they, too, might be eligible for settlement payments, the Journal reported.

Some Democrats have also raised concerns about the proposed settlement payments.

“I have concerns. There are many families and a lot of money, ”said the Democratic senator from Arizona. Mark KellyMark KellyMcConnell Criticizes Possible Payments to Separated Migrant Families Democrats Face Wrath of Women Over Loss of Paid Leave Anti-Trump Republicans Target McCarthy, Scalise and Other High-Profile Conservatives MORE he said, according to the newspaper.

In total, the plan could cost a billion dollars or more. However, taking cases to trial could prove to be a more uncertain and costly path, as child psychologists and other experts are likely to be called upon to assess the cost of what could amount to decades of therapy for each child.

“These can be extremely expensive cases. It’s not just the difficulty of estimating emotional trauma and what that means, it’s the idea that something would carry over for so many years, “Adam Zimmerman, a former deputy special assistant at the 9/11 victims compensation fund, told the Journal.

In 2018, thousands of children were separated from their families by immigration agents when people traveled to the United States seeking asylum and illegally crossed the border from Mexico during the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance enforcement policy.

Some families were forcibly divided with no indication of how they would later reunite. The children involved experienced heat exhaustion and malnutrition. Others were put in freezer rooms and did not receive adequate medical care, the Journal noted.

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