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The White House flip-flopped a day after Joe Biden denied a report that he is paying illegal immigrants 450,000 each to settle a class action lawsuit.

In a carefully worded statement, White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday that the U.S. President is "perfectly comfortable" paying migrant families separated at the U.S. border in 2018.

Jean-Pierre, standing in for fully vaccinated press secretary Jen Psaki who was tested positive for Covid-19, said Biden will settle with illegal immigrants. However, Jean-Pierre said illegals may not receive $450,000 each.

"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."

She wouldn't specify an amount, however, the ACLU has said the Justice Department agreed to pay $450,000 per person and up to $1 million per family.

On Wednesday, Biden, 78, was asked by Fox News' White House correspondent Peter Doocy whether the reports were true.

"It's not true," Biden said. "Yeah. $450,000 per person, is that what you're saying? That's not going to happen."

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reportedly settled a class action lawsuit seeking "damages" for immigrant families who crossed the border into this country illegally.

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Joe Biden denies reports that he is giving $450,000 to illegal immigrants who were separated at the U.S. border in 2018.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reportedly settled a class action lawsuit seeking "damages" for immigrant families who crossed the border into this country illegally.

On Wednesday, the U.S. President was asked by Fox News' White House correspondent Peter Doocy whether the reports were true that immigrant families will receive up to $1 million each.

"It's not true," Biden responded. "Yeah. $450,000 per person, is that what you're saying? That's not going to happen."

However, Anthony Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU, suggested that Biden wasn't briefed on the negotiations.

In a statement Wednesday, Romero said the Justice Department "carefully deliberated and considered" paying large settlements to immigrants for "the crimes committed against thousands of families separated from their children."

Romero continued:

"The president is abandoning a core campaign promise to do justice for the thousands of separated families. We respectfully remind Biden that he called these actions 'criminal' in a debate with President Trump, and campaigned on remedying and rectifying the lawlessness of the Trump administration."

 

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The Biden administration and other government agencies are in talks to pay $450,000 per person and up $1 million to families separated at the U.S. border.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. President is considering paying $450,000 per person to illegals who were separated from their children under the Trump administration in 2018.

The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are in talks with the ACLU to settle lawsuits filed by immigrant families.

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The ACLU, which represents families in one of the lawsuits, estimates up to 5,000 families were separated at the border under the Trump administration.

The agencies are considering paying $450,000 to each person who crossed the border illegally and was separated from their child.

About 940 claims have been filed so far, per the ACLU. That number is expected to rise.

The lawsuits seek varying payouts, with the average being roughly $3.4 million per family.

The total potential payout could be $2 billion or more.