DeSantis rips Biden for potential $  450K payments to illegal immigrants: 'Slap in the face'

The Sunshine State governor said he was “非常に, very concernedregarding reports of the potential payments as Americans struggle with rising energy and grocery costs.

REPUBLICANS DEMAND ANSWERS FROM BIDEN CABINET ON REPORTED PAYMENTS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS: ‘HORRIFIC DECISION’

You’ve had all kinds of really bad policies throughout our country that has limited freedom,” DeSantis said Friday. “And you’re going to turn around for that and you’re going to do $ 475,000 for an individual that came illegally to this country?”

I’ve seen a lot in my day — I’ve seen a lot that’s happened over the last nine or ten months that I didn’t think I’d ever see — but this takes the cake,” the governor continued. “If that is done, that is going to be a slap in the face to every American who works hard and plays by the rules.

And it will especially a slap in the face to people that have immigrated legally to this country,” 彼が追加した. “That should not be allowed to stand. それは間違っています, and whatever we can do in Florida to fight back against it, we will do.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has emerged as a fierce Biden critic.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has emerged as a fierce Biden critic. (AP写真/マルタ・ラヴァンディエ)

The payments to migrants, if carried out, would likely exceed the payments given to some families of 9/11 victims and Gold Star families.

Critics quickly noted that it would be more than payments received by the families of those who lost loved ones in military service. The death gratuity is a single, tax-free payment of $ 100,000. 加えて, there is a life insurance program, the Servicemember Group Life Insurance (SGLI), but that maxes out at $ 400,000 and requires service members to have paid into it.

その間, advocates for 9/11 victims and their families said in a statement that the news was a “ショック” to them given they are trying to persuade Congress and the administration to fund payments for those who they say were wrongfully kept from compensation.

Republicans have hammered the Biden administration since reports of the potential payments first surfaced.

Forty-five House Republicans, including House Minority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana, GOP Caucus Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York and Texas Rep. ダン・クレンショー, signed onto a letter led by North Carolina Rep. Greg Murphy demanding answers on the reported payments.

Promising tens of thousands of dollars to those who unlawfully entered the United States would not only reward criminal behavior, but it would surely send a message to the world that our borders are open and our rule of law will not be enforced,” the letter warned.

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フォックス・ニュース’ Adam Shaw contributed reporting

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