Florida Governor Ron DeSantis shredded Democrat President Joe Biden on Monday over reports that the White House is planning to pay nearly half a million dollars to illegal immigrants separated at the border.
“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.”
DeSantis responded to the report during a press conference on Monday, saying that he was “very, very concerned” about the Biden consideration.
“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.’”
“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? I’ve seen a lot in my day. I’ve seen a lot that’s happened over the last nine or 10 months that I didn’t think I’d ever see, but this takes the cake,” DeSantis said.
“If that is done, that is going to be a slap in the face to every hard working American who works hard and plays by the rules and it will especially being a slap in the face to people that have immigrated legally to this country. That should not be allowed to stand. It’s wrong. And whatever we can do in Florida to fight back against it, we will do.”
Many critics were quick to recognize that the proposed Biden admin payout to the illegal immigrants would likely exceed payments given to families of 9/11 victims and Gold Star families.
Payments received by the families of those who lost loved ones in military service come in the form of a single, tax-free payment of $100,000. In addition, there is a life insurance program, the Servicemember Group Life Insurance (SGLI), but that maxes out at $400,000 and requires service members to have paid into it.
Meanwhile, advocates for 9/11 victims and their families said in a statement that the news was a “shock” to them given they are trying to persuade Congress and the administration to fund payments for those who they say were wrongfully kept from compensation.
Republicans have hammered the Biden administration since reports of the potential payments first surfaced and the president has run from questions about it, reportedly turning away from a reporter pressing him on the matter and scratching his head in response.
Author: Jason Graham