“Mr. President: As you were leaving for your overseas trip, there were reports that were surfacing that your administration is planning to pay illegal immigrants who are separated from their families at the border up to $450,000 each, possibly a million dollars per family. Do you think that that might incentivize more people to come over illegally?” Doocy asked.
Biden not only denied it was an administration policy but accused FOX News of disseminating this information in order to incentivize more migrants to come illegally.
“If you guys keep sending that garbage out, yeah,” Biden retorted
“But it’s not true,” the president added.
“So, this is a garbage report?” Doocy clarified.
“Yeah,” Biden said. “Four hundred and fifty — four hundred and fifty dollars per person. Is that what you’re saying?”
“That’s not going to happen,” Biden said.
The ACLU fired back with this statement:
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.
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 President Biden that he called these actions ‘criminal’ in a debate with then-President Trump and campaigned on remedying and rectifying the lawlessness of the Trump administration. We call on President Biden to right the wrongs of this national tragedy.