President Joe Biden risked his presidency and any chance the Dems have of winning the midterms and said he favors paying migrants separated under the Trump administration.
“Now here’s the thing. If in fact because of the outrageous behavior of the last administration, you coming across the border, whether it was legal or illegal, and you lost your child,” Biden said.
“You lost your child. It’s gone. You deserve some kind of compensation, no matter what the circumstance. What that will be, I have no idea,” Biden said. Look when news broke of a $450K payout America was outraged so Biden is playing with fire on this one.
“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 United States government,” White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday.
Border Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County, Arizona, said:
“America’s southern border has become a political pathway for illegal entries highlighted by historical numbers and willful neglect by this administration leaving Americans vulnerable to the practices of the cartels’ criminal behavior.
“President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas continue to set aside their Oath of Office to protect America first,” he said.
“Recent decisions and negotiations by this administration to financially reward those who illegally breached our southern border creates a message that serves to defy our rule of law and fracture our American values and traditions.”
“As a border Sheriff, I stand perplexed by these failed decisions, but stand steadfast in the protection of my citizens and the rule of law as outlined in my Oath of Office.”
From Fox News:
Biden on Wednesday dismissed the reports as “garbage” and said that the payments are “not going to happen,” but Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas confirmed during a speech at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday that both a path to citizenship and payouts are on the table.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday that Biden “is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with individuals and families currently in litigation with the U.S. government.”
She disputed the $450,000 figure, however, stating that the figure is higher than the final amount still yet to be determined.
Also on Thursday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, calling on the Justice Department to clarify its stance on the reported payout plan.
“It should not surprise you to learn that we find these reports outrageous,” McConnell and Grassley state in the letter.
“Any settlements to illegal aliens because they violated the law are wrong. These kind of settlements are offensive to the American people.”