Criminals in Central America want a share of the $450,000 payouts demanded by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for the illegal aliens who left their children behind in the U.S., according to an Associated Press report.
The AP reported that attorney Ricardo de Anda said five of the 72 families he represents have told him they were threatened after news coverage of the possible payments. “These families have told us that they are now the subject of rumors in their communities as to the apparent wealth of family members in the U.S., that they have been subjected to surveillance by apparent criminal elements, and that they have been warned to be vigilant as criminal gangs are considering them the subjects of extortion,” he wrote to Michelle Brané, executive director of the Homeland Security Department’s Family Reunification Task Force.
The ACLU and its network of lawyers are demanding a payout of $450,000 for each of the families members who were divided when the migrants brought their kids across the border. The families were separated when the parents were sent through the criminal courts, and the children were handed off to the Department of Health and Human Services for safekeeping.
The ACLU and its open-borders allies are using the media-magnified cases to stigmatize border enforcement, to win more judicial curbs on border enforcement, and to extract large payments for themselves from friendly judges and administration officials.