Biden ‘perfectly comfortable’ with paying migrants $450K despite denying it earlier

President Joe Biden is now reportedly “perfectly comfortable” with paying migrant families up to $450,000 per person who were separated during the Trump administration despite saying the claim was “garbage” in response to the question just one day prior.

“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 US government,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday.

“The president, what he was reacting to, was a figure that was mentioned, that you mentioned to him yesterday… DOJ made clear to the plaintiffs that the reported figures are higher than anywhere that a settlement can land,” she added.

How It Started

The president’s “garbage” report occurred on Wednesday. Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked if the payouts would increase more illegal immigration after the initial report.

“If you guys keep sending that garbage out? Yeah. But it’s not true,” Biden responded.

“So this is a garbage report?” Doocy asked.

“Yeah. $450,000 per person — is that what you’re saying?” Biden replied. “That’s not going to happen.”

How It Ended

The ACLU then got involved, saying that if Biden changed his mind on the issue, he would be breaking a major campaign promise.

The Wednesday report then turned into an opposing Thursday report during which the White House briefing made an abrupt return to “correct” the president’s response.

The potential payouts involve a response to family members who were separated at the border during President Donald Trump’s term. When parents were arrested after crossing the border, children had to be placed in a separate location.

The suggested financial payments have been met with strong response by many Republican lawmakers who are questioning how the U.S. could pay those who have broken the law to enter our nation.

Thursday, at least 144 Republican House members joined to introduce a bill to make paying illegal immigrants who were separated from family members illegal.

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