According to the WSJ newspaper, each member of the affected family can be paid up to $ 450 thousand, depending on the circumstances.

The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden is considering the possibility of paying compensation to migrants who crossed the southern border of the United States, whose families were separated as a result of the migration policy pursued by former President Donald Trump. As The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, the total amount of payments may amount to more than $ 1 billion.

According to the publication, the Ministry of Justice, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are working on the compensation plan. As noted, each member of the affected family can be paid up to $ 450 thousand, depending on the circumstances, in total, the American authorities can allocate more than $ 1 billion for these purposes. At the moment, about 940 migrant families have filed claims for damages.

As the newspaper adds with reference to the human rights organization “American Civil Liberties Union,” representing the interests of families in one of the filed lawsuits, about 5.5 thousand refugee children were separated from their parents as part of Trump’s policy.

The 45th President of the United States adhered to the so-called zero-tolerance policy towards violators of migration legislation. He advocated limiting the number of immigrants, introducing new procedures for their verification, and reducing the number of accepted refugees. As part of his policy, many children were separated from their families after crossing the southern border of the United States. In January 2021, Joe Biden, taking office as President of the United States, announced a “new immigration policy,” softening legislation in this area and completing the program of sending asylum seekers to Mexico. After that, the flow of migrants trying to get to the United States has grown significantly and now exceeds 200 thousand, reaching a maximum since the beginning of the XXI century.