‘Slap in the face’: Ron DeSantis condemns potential $450K payouts to undocumented immigrants

Ron DeSantis
Separated immigrant families don't worry DeSantis. They're 'illegal.'

Gov. Ron DeSantis blasted reports that the federal government may pay $450,000 per person to those separated from their families at the U.S./Mexican border, calling the proposed payouts a “slap in the face” to American citizens.

“I’ve seen a lot in my day. I’ve seen a lot that’s happened in the last nine or ten months that I never thought I’d see. But this takes the cake. If that is done, that is going to be a slap in the face to every hard-working American,” DeSantis said Friday in Lake County.

The Governor said he was “very, very concerned about reports, I think it was in the Wall Street Journal, that the Biden administration is going to pay with tax dollars hundreds of millions of dollars to people who came to our country illegally across the southern border as ‘damages.'”

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit in 2019 on behalf of people separated from their families during the Donald Trump administration, and the move appears to be for settlement with aggrieved parties. If a parent and a child were separated, each could receive the $450,000 compensation from the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services.

NBC News reports 5,600 children were separated from parents during the Trump era, with 1,000 families still separated.

The deal is still being negotiated by the Justice Department, but DeSantis denotes the irony of compensation for non-citizens while Americans suffer economically.

“I mean, you think about it, Americans are getting more in their gas bills. They’re getting more in their grocery bills. You’ve had all kinds of really bad policies throughout our country that have limited freedom. And you’re going to turn around from that and you’re going to do $475,000 for an individual that came illegally to this country,” DeSantis decried.

Though an ACLU lawyer says the punitive policy “deliberately traumatized” these families, for DeSantis that issue seems more ancillary.

“It’ll especially be a slap in the face to people that have immigrated legally to this country,” DeSantis adds. “That should not be allowed to stand. It’s wrong and whatever we can do in Florida to fight back against it, we will do.”

It is uncertain what Florida can do to intervene in federal payouts over civil rights violations.

Friday’s remarks continue a DeSantis tradition of building newsworthy commentary from Wall Street Journal articles.

DeSantis, addressing the International Boatbuilders Exhibition in September, suggested it was a “good sign” that men aren’t going to college as much as women because they are shunning traditional higher education for trades.

“There was actually an article in The Wall Street Journal recently about, you know, decline in college for men, or something,” DeSantis continued, deepening his voice briefly for comic effect to introduce the article highlighting that three in five college students are now women, with men feeling “lost.”

“I guess there was a decline in the number of men, the percentage of men going to college or whatever. And they acted like this was a bad thing. And honestly, like, you know, to me, I think that is probably a good sign,” added the Governor, who has two degrees from IVY League universities, Harvard and Yale.

“Because I think people are looking at this and they’re acknowledging, you know, some of these universities are not giving you very much for your money. You’re not necessarily going to get ahead in that.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Pat

    October 29, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    Rubio quotes the Bible.
    DeSantis quotes the WSJ.
    Goes to show, not all cartoon characters are in Disneyland.

    • Captain Howdy

      October 29, 2021 at 2:19 pm

      So quoting the Bible, or citing a story in a major American news journal, renders one cartoonish? What the fuck kind of idiot are you? And are you not concerned, in the least little way that your tiny mind csn muster concern, about these massive monetary payoffs to illegals? That’s your tax dollars, kiddo.

      • Amputated genitals

        October 30, 2021 at 8:54 am

        Even though Dee Snider told me to stay away from you in 1984, I must say your reply to Pat’s moronic comment was perfectly spoken. I was about to reply but you already said it perfectly.

      • Krown Deon

        November 1, 2021 at 12:02 pm

        Great observation… thanks

      • Kimberlee McDonald

        November 6, 2021 at 12:45 pm

        It is ludicrous to even consider any type of compensation whatsoever. They become illegal the second their feet cross over our Sovereign borders. They are entitled to nothing, sans transportation back to whence they came!
        American people! We deserve, AND PAY for better!
        God Bless Ron DeSantis

    • Tom

      October 29, 2021 at 6:34 pm

      Pat, You sad the most ignorant being identified. Pathetic.

      You put the Dum in Dum A Dolt!
      Good job.

      • Frankie M.

        October 29, 2021 at 10:50 pm

        Why are they giving out handouts? It’s not like we put human beings in cages. Oh wait

        • Tim

          October 30, 2021 at 8:57 am

          Why was they in cages? It’s not like they did anything illegal to be locked up. Oh wait.

        • Krown Deon

          November 1, 2021 at 12:04 pm

          You’re right Obama did that🤷🏾‍♂️ Trump inherited those cages..

          • Captain Howdy

            November 1, 2021 at 12:23 pm

            Oh no. Obama’s cages were the righteous cages. Mere temporary confinment. These payouts are only directed to people who were locked in evil Trump cages.

  • Impeach Biden

    October 29, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    Just when you thought this administration had run out of idiotic ideas. Now this. 2022 should be a complete blowout. Cant wait for Pelosi to lose the gavel.

    • Krown Deon

      November 1, 2021 at 12:07 pm

      Come on my radio show…
      Revolutionary Road Radio Show F/B
      Monday 10 pm
      Krown Deon on F/B
      #krowndeon #RevolutionaryRoadRadioShow

    • Elena Smith

      November 1, 2021 at 1:30 pm


  • Tess

    October 29, 2021 at 2:47 pm

    Is Biden trying to insure another 4 years in office? I also wonder if the average American will embrace this policy of reparations for illegal immigrants? Personally, I believe the amount of money offered is too high. And I will not vote for President Biden based on this proposal.

    • Tom

      October 29, 2021 at 6:38 pm

      This is impeachment by sports fans.
      At least 3 items now.
      1. Ignoring Sup ct on moratorium.
      2. Southern border abandoned, multiple statutes violated.
      3. Any type of monies not appropriated impeachable. Paying illegals not authorized.

  • John

    October 29, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Seniors continue to scrape enough to pay rent, food, utilities, insurances, and see all their life’s savings continue to dwindle down, below poverty, can not afford to buy a modest house, but now, with immigrate families, ‘traumatized’, get $450k each, will now become new homeowners, landowners, something most hard working American citizens are not able to do, is so irresponsible, idiotic, and makes absolutely NO SENSE WHATSOEVER, to be awarded this insane amount of money, for breaking our immigration laws!
    What about the trauma that American citizens suffer every single day, watching all their life’s savings be decimated by all the high cost of everyday living!!!

  • Richard

    October 30, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Seriously? All the legal immigrants come in and do what,s right These illegals walk in with their hands out fully expecting $ and more … Break our laws and get paid. Biden obviously cares more for them than those who lost their lives defending our nation. That’s not stupid, it’s obviously pure evil!

    • Elena

      November 1, 2021 at 1:34 pm

      Totally agree!

  • Scott Rufolo

    October 30, 2021 at 8:56 am

    This is as dumb as the burglar who breaks into your home, slips on a banana peel, then sues you for hurting his back????


    October 30, 2021 at 11:27 am

    What’s sad is that the lawyers probably promised these families 450,000 pesos each and kept the rest for their legal fees

  • Kathy

    October 30, 2021 at 6:35 pm

    As a disabled senior, I’m still waiting on the last “stimulus check”.

  • Jim williams

    October 30, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    Just change your w2 to tax exempt . Stop giving your hard earned money to the idiotic goverment.

    • Mike

      November 1, 2021 at 3:04 pm

      To everyone….Write to Social Security in Baltimore MD and ask 3 questions…..
      1) Do I need a SSN to live or work in this country?
      2) When born do my kids need an SSN?
      3) How many quarters is required before I can legally stop putting money into social security?

      It takes about 2 months for an answer but man is it worth it!!!

  • Elena

    November 1, 2021 at 1:33 pm


  • Deb

    November 3, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    I find the thought of our government paying any sum of money to families who entered this country illegally to be a slap in the face to all U.S. taxpayers. The idea that they’re entitled to any type of monetary award for having suffered a traumatic separation is ridiculous. Thousands of children in this country have been separated from their families throughout the years by DCYF for a variety of reasons, as well as separations caused by incarceration of a parent, or separations due to military service/death – all of which have been emotional circumstances to contend with! Plus many of these immigrants have willingly and continuously put their children through far worse situations by sending them here unattended, or dragged through torturous methods to get here, etc. Sorry but I’m tired of our government thinking it’s okay to keep giving U.S. dollar handouts to non-citizens when many of us here have to struggle just to make ends meet every month! They knew they were breaking the law and they knew there would be consequences! Emotional trauma is a cop-out excuse for “give me some money!” Enough is enough….re-unite the illegal immigrant families and send them back home with instructions on how to properly re-enter this country (that’s all they’re entitled to)!

  • Tess

    November 4, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    Your comments are exactly correct. Thank you!

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