USA 2020 Elections: Thread

grarpamp grarpamp at
Sun Nov 7 01:05:11 PDT 2021

> Biden Denies "Garbage" Reports Of $450,000 Payments To Illegal Immigrants

And then spins in the other direction, as usual.

It was Obama-Biden who first built and used the
Child Separation and Border Concentration Camps
at your expense, not Trump.

White House Flip-Flops Again: Illegal Immigrants Could Get Government Payouts

Illegal immigrants who were separated from family members by U.S.
border agents could get money from the government in a potential
lawsuit settlement, the White House said Thursday.

Directly rebutting President Joe Biden’s comments a day prior, White
House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told
reporters the reported payments could happen.

    “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.

Biden, speaking on Nov. 3, told a reporter that reports his
administration was mulling such payments were “garbage” and “it’s not

    “Four hundred and fifty dollars per person. Is that what you’re
saying?” Biden asked. “That’s not going to happen.”

That drew a response from the American Civil Liberties Union, whose
lawyers are working on the case in question.

“President Biden may not have been fully briefed about the actions of
his very own Justice Department as it carefully deliberated and
considered the crimes committed against thousands of families
separated from their children as an intentional governmental policy,”
Anthony Romero, the group’s executive director, said in a statement.

Jean-Pierre said Biden was merely reacting to the reported figure of
$450,000 per person.

    “What he was reacting to was the dollar figure that was
mentioned,” she said, adding that the Department of Justice “made
clear to the plaintiffs that the reported figures are higher than
anywhere that a settlement can land.”

President Joe Biden arrives to speak in Washington on Nov. 3, 2021.
(Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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.

Reports indicated that the Biden administration was considering
payments to the plaintiffs, who have filed multiple lawsuits after the
separations. The total payout was said to potentially reach $1
billion, or even exceed that figure.

    “So to recap: It was reported that the White House plans to pay
$450,000 to illegal immigrants. Joe Biden denied it. And now, a day
later, the White House staff comes out and says they DO in fact intend
to pay settlements to illegal immigrants,” Mark Meadows, former chief
of staff in the Trump administration, wrote on Twitter.

Ronald Mortensen, a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer, wrote in a
Center for Immigration Studies blog post that the White House
“backtracked” from Biden’s original statement.

Many Republican members of Congress had condemned the potential
payouts, which the Federation for American Immigration Reform noted
were higher than the amounts paid to survivors of U.S. troops who die
on active duty and individuals wrongly imprisoned.

Romero told news outlets that Biden’s comments did appear to have an impact.

    “The president’s comments and congressional pushback do appear to
have affected settlement negotiations, which were admittedly in flux,”
he said.

The Department of Justice, he added, “communicated on Wednesday
evening that the settlement numbers for separated families were higher
than where the settlement could land” and that “parties continue to

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