(CNN)The Justice Department told attorneys representing families separated astatine the US confederate borderline under the Trump medication that the reported colony figures "are higher than anyplace that colony tin land," American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony D. Romero told CNN.
"DOJ communicated Wednesday nighttime that the numbers reported successful the property are higher than anyplace that colony tin land. The parties proceed to negotiate," Romero said.
DOJ told attorneys by telephone that the reported colony figures are excessively high, according to a root with cognition of the matter, aft President Joe Biden said Wednesday families separated astatine the borderline nether the Trump administration's alleged "zero-tolerance policy" volition not person payments of $450,000, but did not get into details astir immoderate imaginable monetary settlements for those families.
"That's not going to happen," helium said.
CNN has reached retired to DOJ.
CNN previously reported that migrant families who were separated astatine the US-Mexico borderline nether the Trump medication could person important fiscal compensation arsenic portion of colony negotiations betwixt the Justice Department and the families' lawyers, but negotiations are ongoing.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed a people enactment lawsuit successful 2019 seeking damages for the toll the separations took connected families, and attorneys representing families person filed abstracted claims.
More than 3,000 children were separated from their families astatine the US-Mexico borderline nether erstwhile President Donald Trump. It's unclear however galore radical would beryllium eligible for payments.
Outside groups and a authorities watchdog person recovered implicit the years that children separated from their families nether the "zero tolerance" argumentation experienced trauma. A 2019 Health and Human Services inspector wide report included accounts of installation unit detailing the inconsolable crying of children erstwhile they were separated, the kids' disorder and content they had been abandoned by their parents.
The Physicians for Human Rights likened it to "torture," and the American Academy of Pediatrics told CNN the Trump administration's signifier of separating families astatine the borderline was "child abuse."
More than 3 years later, attorneys are inactive trying to scope the parents of 270 migrant children who were separated astatine the US-Mexico borderline nether the Trump administration, according to a national tribunal filing Wednesday.
The Biden medication has committed to helping reunite families arsenic portion of a household reunification task force. Since the instauration of the task force, 58 children person been reunified with their parents successful the United States, according to the filing.
This communicative has been updated with further information.