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.
Peter Doocy follows up on Biden's claim that reports his admin will pay $450,000 migrants separated from their families under Trump are "garbage." pic.twitter.com/rFrKo5iKqd
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 4, 2021
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.
Yeah, but does Joe Biden know that? Since he didn’t even know his administration is giving $450,000 to people who illegally entered our country and he’s told when, to whom and about what he can talk about or he gets censored, maybe he doesn’t know HE is the president.
— MakeSense4America (@Sense4America) November 5, 2021
WH said Biden is "perfectly comfortable" with Department of Justice settling with illegal migrants separated from families under Trump. WH deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made comment in response to Peter Doocy after Biden told Doocy reports offering $ 450,000 garbage
— DLW (@Dlw20161950) November 5, 2021
So businesses will get fined $14,000 (per employee) if they don't comply with Biden's vaccine mandate.
And illegal aliens get a $450,000 payout for "damages" for crossing our border illegally...
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) November 5, 2021
How is it that @POTUS says one day that the news of giving illegals $450,000. is garbage and will never happen, and the very next day comes out in full support of it?
Still think @joebiden is running the show?
— DKlin (@klinski5327) November 5, 2021
Biden is perfectly comfortable with $450,000 per individual and up to $1,000,000 per family.
— ??Nicole Archer (@TVNicole67) November 5, 2021
Biden and The Democrats want to give every Migrant crossing into our Country $ 450, 000 - We are being Run by “ CRAZY PEOPLE “.
— Leonard Silverberg (@LeonardSilverb9) November 5, 2021
What’s even more shocking than the idea of giving illegals $450k, is the fact that this was reported ALL OVER THE PLACE!
On multiple MSM outlets.
And yet by his reaction, this was clearly the 1st he’d ever heard of it!?
Which begs the question; who’s in charge??? ?????
— InTheBeginning (@TheBeginningIAm) November 3, 2021