Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slammed President Biden over a proposal to pay $450,000 each to illegal immigrants who were separated from their families at the border during the Trump administration.
The Wall Street Journal last week reported that the White House “is in talks to offer immigrant families that were separated during the Trump administration around $450,000 a person in compensation.”
They note the numbers may change but “could amount to close to $1 million a family.”
DeSantis addressed the report, defending Americans and legal immigrants in the process.
The potential payout is in response to lawsuits filed by parents and children who claim the United States government under Trump subjected them to “lasting psychological trauma.”
DeSantis though, says it is an insult to the average working American and slammed Biden for even considering the move at a press conference Monday.
“I mean, you think about it, Americans are getting more in their gas bills, they’re getting more in their grocery bills,” the Republican governor pointed out.
“You’ve had all kinds of really bad policies throughout our country that has limited freedom,” DeSantis added. “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?”
“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 be a slap in the face to people that have immigrated legally to this country,” DeSantis continued.
He vowed that the Sunshine State would fight the proposed payment in whatever manner they could because it “should not be allowed to stand.”
Commentators have also compared the proposal to how it compares to the treatment of Gold Star families.
If a United States service member is killed in action, their next of kin will likely receive a single, tax-free death gratuity payment of $100,000.
In addition, they could receive a maximum insurance payment of $400,000 through the Servicemember Group Life Insurance (SGLI) program.
Forty-five House Republicans have signed a letter demanding answers on the reported payments.
“Promising tens of thousands of dollars to those who unlawfully entered the United States would not only reward criminal behavior, but it would surely send a message to the world that our borders are open and our rule of law will not be enforced,” the letter warned.
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