After an announcement at the White House yesterday, President Joe Biden was asked about Justice Department plans to pay illegal immigrants — more specifically those claiming they were separated from “parents” at the border — $450,000 per person. He called the reports garbage.
“Four hundred and fifty dollars per person. Is that what you’re saying?” Biden asked. “That’s not going to happen.”
But just 24 hours later, the White House is changing their tune and saying President Biden is “perfectly comfortable” paying illegal immigrants. The amount may be less than $450,000, but officials are staying quiet on exact amounts.
“If it saves taxpayer dollars and puts the disastrous history of the previous administration’s use of zero tolerance and family separation behind us, the president is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with the individuals and families who are currently in litigation with the U.S. government,” she said during a briefing in Washington.
Jean-Pierre said Biden was merely reacting to the reported figure of $450,000 per person.
She also said that the process of separating illegal immigrant family members was “cruel, inhuman, immoral” and blamed the Trump administration for carrying out the separations.
The change comes after the ACLU publicly berated President Biden.
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