White House: Why Would We Give Legal Immigrants Money?

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 05: White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House on November 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. Jean-Pierre spoke to reporters about the Build Back Better agenda and the October jobs reports. (Photo by Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)
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The White House expressed disbelief Thursday when asked why they were not offering legal immigrants money for coming into the country, after they confirmed the administration was considering payouts to illegal immigrants who were separated by former President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” enforcement policy.

Karine Jean-Pierre appeared confused, ultimately punting the question to the Department of Justice regarding the concept of payouts to illegal immigrants:

Peter Doocy: “There is a long line to get in this country legally, is there any kind of discussion about giving people who are coming here the right way money?”

Jean-Pierre: “Why would we be giving people who are coming here the right way money?”

Doocy: “Why are you giving people who came here the wrong way money?”

The White House continues struggling with their messaging in response to reports that the Biden administration was considering payouts of $450,000 to individuals who came into the country illegally and were subject to Trump’s strict enforcement policy.

On Thursday, the White House confirmed that President Joe Biden was “perfectly comfortable” with the idea of payouts to illegal immigrants and their families even after the president comment the story “garbage” and “not true.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which filed multiple lawsuits against the federal government on behalf of border crossers affected by Trump’s policies, said in a statement that Biden “may not have been fully briefed” about the Justice Department’s plan, prompting the White House to reverse their messaging.


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