"[This is an administration] where apparently rewarding people who violate our immigration laws is job number-one. Our understanding is that [survivors of] members of the military who die in action … are eligible for $100,000 in compensation from the government.
"The bottom line is that [President Biden] is prepared to pay more to people who came across that border illegally than he is to those 13 service members who died outside of Kabul airport a couple months ago because of his botched withdrawal from Afghanistan."
Ira Mehlman, spokesman
"[This is an administration] where those violating our border laws are treated better than American citizens are. President Trump had an 'America First' policy – but now we're seeing what an 'America Last' policy looks like. I find that disturbing, and I think the average American taxpayer does, too."
Gary Bauer, chairman
The proposal was first reported in The Wall Street Journal, where it appears the administration leaked a proposed legal solution to lawsuits stemming from foreign families that were separated by the U.S. Border Patrol when they were apprehended during the Trump administration.
During the Donald Trump administration, the national media saturated the news with hysterical coverage of “kids in cages" near the U.S.-Mexico border. That scrutiny came after Trump took a hardline approach to illegal alien detention with a “zero-tolerance” policy in 2018. The former president repeatedly pointed out the previous Obama administration also separated families, which is true, but fact-checkers have said Trump ramped up those separations in April of 2018. By June, however, the Trump administration reversed that policy and ended family separations.
Now comes word foreign families that sued the federal government over the separation policy are eyeing a possible legal settlement.
"You're going to pay people half a million dollars who broke the law,” U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Fox News, “at the same time the Biden administration is getting ready to raise taxes on the hard-working families of this country. It makes absolutely no sense."
Other political observers viewed the leaked Wall Street Journal story as a trial balloon that would likely follow with a much smaller settlement.
“Make no mistake: The 450k number is a red herring designed to get the public to accept the basic premise of paying off illegals,” said National Pulse editor Raheem Kassam. “They’ll soon laugh it off and ‘settle’ on 50k each and Republicans will support it.”
Kassam, who commented in a Twitter post, was responding to Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, who warned in his own Twitter post that Democrats want to “pay you off” if you enter the U.S. illegally.
11/2/2021 - Comments from Ira Mehlman and Gary Bauer added.