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US in talks to compensate families separated at border

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According to this article on Associated Press, by ELLIOT SPAGAT

“SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is in talks to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to each child and parent who was separated under a Trump-era practice of splitting families at the border, a person familiar with discussions to settle lawsuits said Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that the government was considering payments around $450,000 to each person affected. A person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press that figure was under consideration but changed, though not dramatically. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private.

The discussions continue, and there is no guarantee the two sides will strike agreement.

About 5,500 children were split from their parents under President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy, under which parents were separated from their children to face criminal prosecution for crossing the border illegally, according to court filings in a federal case in San Diego. Inadequate tracking systems caused many to be apart for an extended time. The payments are intended to compensate for the psychological trauma.”

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Republican Governors and Attorneys General Think Every State Is a Border State

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According to this article on Reason, by FIONA HARRIGAN

“Republican officials in several states have taken immigration enforcement into their own hands since President Joe Biden took office, arguing that the federal government is not adequately addressing migrant arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border. These efforts often duplicate federal enforcement measures and rack up bills for taxpayers with little or no public safety payoff.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently signed legislation requiring every Florida law enforcement agency that operates a county jail to enter into an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. These agreements deputize state or local cops to enforce certain aspects of federal immigration law. The new Florida law seems largely redundant, since Border Patrol agents already have jurisdiction throughout the state and 46 of its 67 counties already have 287(g) agreements.”

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‘They were preyed upon’: immigration lawyers denounce transport of migrants

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According to this article on The Guardian, by Erum Salam

“In the wake of the transport of nearly 50 Venezuelan asylum seekers and migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida’s rightwing Republican governor Ron DeSantis, immigration lawyers representing the group have labeled the move as an “appalling” political stunt that should never be allowed to happen again.

DeSantis – who is both an ally and a rival to Donald Trump – has claimed responsibility for the flight as an attempt to protest Joe Biden’s immigration policy. But the move had been widely condemned as racist and abusive towards those dumped on the upmarket resort island in Massachusetts.”

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Biden says he plans to run in 2024, but “it’s just an intention”

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According to this article on AXIOS, by Rebacca Falconer

“President Biden said it’s his intention to run for re-election, but it’s “much too early” to make a “firm decision” on 2024.

Why it matters: Biden’s comments during an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday evening mark a departure from previous remarks he and White House aides have made about the 2024 presidential election.

Driving the news: Biden told CBS’ Scott Pelley in the “60 Minutes” interview filmed before he flew to the U.K. to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral that “a whole range of things come into play” if he’s running for re-election, including election laws.”

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