By Breitbart. A day after President Joe Biden denied that border crossers could be paid off nearly half a million each as part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) settlement, his White House admits that such payouts will happen “if it saves taxpayer dollars.”
Last month, reports circulated that Biden’s DOJ, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) were working to settle with a number of border crossers represented by the ACLU, who claim they have suffered trauma as a result of former President Donald Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy that was briefly imposed in 2019.
As part of the settlement, attorneys with the DOJ, DHS, and HHS are considering a plan that would give each border crosser about $450,000 and family units about $1 million. The total cost of the payouts would reach $1 billion. . .
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On Thursday, though, White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed border crossers could secure payouts “if it saves taxpayer dollars” and suggested that Biden does not have much say in a DOJ settlement despite his comments on the issue.
“If it saves taxpayer dollars and puts the disastrous of the previous administration … and family separation behind us, the president is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with the families who are currently in litigation with the U.S. government,” Jean-Pierre said. (Read more from “Flip Flop? White House Admits Border Crossers Could Be Paid off After Biden Said ‘That’s Not Going to Happen’” HERE)
House GOP Trying to Block Potential $450K Payouts to Separated Migrants
By New York Post. House Republicans introduced a bill Thursday that would block potential payouts to members of illegal immigrant families separated at the border under the Trump administration.
The bill, known as the Illegal Immigration Payoff Prohibition Act, was introduced by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, and will look to amend 28 USC 2414, which gives the attorney general the power to enter settlement agreements.
Co-sponsored by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) as part of a total of 146 co-sponsors, the bill is looking to block the attorney general from making any payouts to illegal immigrants that are connected to violations of immigration laws, such as “the provision of law that criminalizes illegal border crossing” and “the provision of law deems an individual inadmissible for attempting to enter the country illegally at a port of entry.”
The bill comes one week after the Wall Street Journal reported the administration is considering settling lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and others on behalf of families who crossed into the US from Mexico illegally to seek asylum.
According to the report, the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are considering $450,000 payments per person — around $1 million per family. (Read more from “House GOP Trying to Block Potential $450k Payouts to Separated Migrants” HERE)
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