Doocy grills Biden on $450,000 payments

 

Joe Biden said Wednesday that families separated at the border under the Trump’s zero-tolerance policy will not receive payments of $450,000, but he did not go into detail about any possible monetary settlements.

 

Biden, following remarks about Covid vaccine authorization for children, was asked if payments of that size might incentivize people to enter the country illegally. Biden responded by calling the report “garbage.”

 

“It’s not true,” he said.

 

The Wall Street Journal first reported that the federal government was considering payments of $450,000 per individual affected by the policy. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit in 2019 seeking damages for the toll the separations took on families, and attorneys representing families have filed separate claims.

 

In a statement Wednesday, ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero said Biden must pay the money.

 

“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,” Romero said. “But if he follows through on what he said, the president is abandoning a core campaign promise to do justice for the thousands of separated families. We respectfully remind Biden that he called these actions ‘criminal’ in a debate with President Trump, and campaigned on remedying and rectifying the lawlessness of the Trump administration.”

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