White House: Biden Is 'Perfectly Comfortable' with Giving Taxpayer Money to Illegals
Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre discusses red-carpet treatment for migrants
Democrat Joe Biden is "perfectly comfortable" with rolling out the red carpet for illegal border-crossers on the taxpayers' dime, according to the White House.
On Thursday, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about Biden's rumored plan to give migrants $450,000 taxpayer-funded handouts if they were separated from family members while illegally crossing the border during President Donald Trump's administration.
The press secretary said Biden is "perfectly comfortable" with the huge payouts because he wants to put "family separation behind us."
However, Jean-Pierre’s remarks come after Biden himself said yesterday, “That’s not going to happen,” when asked about the payouts.
"So, 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,” Jean-Pierre said.
"You know, DOJ can obviously speak more to that process."
"The president was — what he was reacting to was the dollar figure that was mentioned — that you mentioned to him yesterday.”
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked Jean-Pierre what changed from Biden’s remarks yesterday to the White House saying today that he was “perfectly comfortable” with the move.
She did not answer the question.
Peter Doocy asks Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about Biden calling reports that the administration will give $450k to illegal immigrants “garbage”.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 4, 2021
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"The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are considering payments that could amount to close to $1 million a family, though the final numbers could shift,” The Wall Street Journal reported last week.
"Most of the families that crossed the border illegally from Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S. included one parent and one child …
"Many families would likely get smaller payouts, depending on their circumstances.”
The payouts would be in response to lawsuits filed against the U.S. government.