It’s now clear why the Biden administration has not been forthcoming about its plan to give large sums of U.S. taxpayer money to those illegal aliens who were separated under former President Donald Trump’s immigration policy.
According to newly-released polls, the overwhelming majority of Americans are against the idea.
Two in three Americans say “no”
One poll comes from the Trafalgar Group. 1,086 likely general election voters were surveyed between November 1st and the 4th.
One of the questions that the pollster asked participants is: “How do [you] feel about the Biden Administration’s considering paying families of illegal immigrants separated at the southern border $450,000 each for ‘psychological trauma’?”
66.9 percent of participants indicated that they are against the idea. This includes 10.9 percent who said that they “disapprove” of the idea and it includes 56 percent who said that they “strongly disapprove of it.” Only 18.7 percent of participants approved of the idea in any way, while 14.4 percent said that they have “no opinion.”
Breaking the numbers down by party affiliation, 84.7 percent of Republican participants disapprove of the idea and 56.6 percent of Independents. With Democrat participants, though, it was more of a mixed bag, although, more disapprove than approve of the idea, by a score of 45.8 percent to 36.4 percent.
This Trafalgar poll had a similar result to a poll conducted by the National Republican Congressional Committee as well as another poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports. The former found that 63 percent of Americans oppose the idea, and the latter found that 57 percent of Americans oppose it.
For those who missed it, reports emerged in the past couple of weeks, which indicated that the Biden administration was considering paying $450,000 per person to each illegal alien that was separated as a result of Trump’s border policies. This means that some illegal alien families would be awarded nearly $1 million.
The idea, which could cost the American taxpayers upwards of $1 billion, sparked a backlash, particularly from Republicans. They noted, among other things, that this is more money than is given to the next-of-kin of fallen military service members, and that it would be going to illegal border crossers – people who broke U.S. law – which would incentivize more illegal crossings.
President Joe Biden, last week, initially indicated that he was against the idea. In fact, the idea appeared to come as somewhat of a surprise to him. But, once he was clued in, he came out in favor.
Over the weekend, though, a Biden administration official refused to indicate whether the Biden administration plans on following through with the idea.
Considering the results of the polls, it is pretty safe to say where Americans stand on this one, which is in opposition to the idea, which is probably why the Biden administration is trying to keep this one under wraps.