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Break the Law, Win the Lottery

Debra Saunders on

The most destructive idea from President Joe Biden's administration is a Department of Justice move to pay around $450,000 to undocumented immigrants for the emotional trauma they experienced thanks to former President Donald Trump's 2018 family-separation policy.

Break the law. Win the lottery.

"Many Americans think it's a pretty outrageous idea to offer massive taxpayer-funded payments to illegal immigrants who broke our laws, particularly in the middle of a record-shattering border crisis that this administration has created," Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chided Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday.

Americans would not even know about this scheme if The Wall Street Journal had not run a scoop story on talks with the American Civil Liberties Union and other activist groups in October -- with the shocking revelation that payments could add up to close to $1 million per family.

After the story ran, Biden himself seemed unaware of the plan.

Asked by a reporter if the payments would encourage more illegal immigration, Biden responded, "If you guys keep sending that garbage out, yeah, but it's not true."


Acting oblivious about this scheme apparently is a Biden administration thing.

Mayorkas tried to distance himself from the talks Tuesday, when he said, "I am not aware of our involvement" with the payment negotiations as he tossed the hot potato to the Department of Justice.

And yet, six-figure and seven-figure payments to compensate families that deliberately violated federal immigration laws seem likely to occur.

The day after Biden called the payments story garbage, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre walked back Biden's "not going to happen" remark when she said the president "is perfectly comfortable with the Department of Justice settling with the individuals and families who are currently in litigation with the U.S. government."


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