President Joe Biden called a recent report that $450,000 payments could be made to illegal immigrant families who were supposedly separated under the Trump administration “garbage” when asked about it yesterday by Fox News’ Peter Doocy.
The ACLU then disputed Biden’s assertion in a tweet yesterday where they claimed that he “may not have been fully briefed about the actions of his own DOJ as it carefully considered the crimes committed against thousands of families.”
The group warned, “But if he follows through on what he said, the president is abandoning a campaign promise to do justice for separated families.”
In an intimidating follow-up to the tweet, the group added, “We respectfully remind President Biden that he called these actions ‘criminal’ in a debate with then-President Trump, and campaigned on remedying and rectifying the lawlessness of the Trump administration.”
“We call on President Biden to right the wrongs of this national tragedy,” they added.
We respectfully remind President Biden that he called these actions ‘criminal’ in a debate with then-President Trump, and campaigned on remedying and rectifying the lawlessness of the Trump administration.— ACLU (@ACLU) November 3, 2021
We call on President Biden to right the wrongs of this national tragedy.
At today’s White House press briefing, Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who is filling in for the COVID-19 positive Jen Psaki, backtracked when asked by Doocy for clarification and about the ACLU’s statement.
Jean-Pierre deflected to the DOJ and said that Biden was reacting “to the dollar figure” which she claimed was “higher” than what a potential settlement might be.
“If he’s not okay with $450,000, how much money is he okay with giving?” Doocy wondered.
“This is just something he laid out…” Jean-Pierre responded, to which Doocy asked, “What changed?”
Jean-Pierre then gave Doocy a lecture on how “we got here” to the situation, due to the Trump administration’s “cruel, inhumane, immoral policies against people,” she insisted.
Peter Doocy asks Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about Biden calling reports that the administration will give $450k to illegal immigrants “garbage”.— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 4, 2021
She deflects to the DOJ pic.twitter.com/BWDmqbC6Le
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