Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ripped President Joe Biden’s reported proposal to pay illegal immigrants separated at the border under the Trump administration up to $450,000 each, calling it a “slap in the face” to hardworking Americans in a press conference Monday.
(Source: The Scoop)
“I’m very, very concerned about reports. I think it was in the Wall Street Journal, that the Biden administration is going to pay with tax dollars, hundreds of millions of dollars to people who came to our country illegally across the southern border as quote, ‘damages,’” DeSantis said.
This proposal is especially frustrating in light of the Biden administration’s severe economic mismanagement and supply chain issues exacerbating inflation, leaving working Americans and small businesses to feel the squeeze from rising prices that show no indication of coming down anytime soon.
“I mean, you think about it, Americans are getting more in their gas bills, they’re getting more in their grocery bills. You’ve had all kinds of really bad policies throughout our country that has limited freedom, and you’re going to turn around for that and you’re going to do $475,000 for an individual that came illegally to this country,” the governor continued.
“I’ve seen a lot in my day. I’ve seen a lot that’s happened over the last nine or ten months that I didn’t think I’d ever see. But this takes the cake,” DeSantis told the crowd.
Paying illegal immigrants hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars for “damages” is a slap in the face to hardworking Americans and individuals who legally immigrated to our country. pic.twitter.com/GxusWKLL6c
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) November 1, 2021
“If that is done, that is going to be a slap in the face to every hardworking American who works hard and plays by the rules, and it will especially be a slap in the face to people that have immigrated legally to this country that should not be allowed to stand. It’s wrong,” the governor explained.
According to the Wall Street Journal report, illegal immigrants filed a lawsuit claiming that federal government detention under the Trump administration resulted in major psychological trauma.
Around 940 families have filed claims, but if the Biden administration is able to go through with the payouts, fewer will see a settlement. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is representing some of those involved, and the majority of affected families include one parent and one child, who could see a nearly $1 million payday the WSJ reported.
Not only are those who attempted to illegally cross the border up for a potential payout from the American government, they’re also after a pathway to citizenship.
“President Biden has agreed that the family separation policy is a historic moral stain on our nation that must be fully remedied. That remedy must include not only meaningful monetary compensation, but a pathway to remain in the country,” ACLU lead negotiator Lee Gelernt told the WSJ.
If the Biden administration agrees, it would be twisting the knife into the backs of every struggling, working-class American and those who immigrated here legally.
DeSantis vowed to “fight back against” Biden’s proposal.
Fox News reporter Peter Doocey attempted to ask the President about the plan following a press conference at the G20 summit, but Biden simply scratched his head and looked away– conveniently ignoring the hard-hitting question.
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