‘What are we thinking?’: Rick Scott blasts payouts to separated immigrant families
Rick Scott. Image via AP.

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Negotiated settlements loom, yet Scott's not on board.

The federal government is poised to pay members of families separated at the U.S./Mexican border nearly half a million dollars per person. And a U.S. Senator from Florida objects.

“What are we thinking? Why would we be doing this? They broke our laws. These individuals broke the laws of the United States of America, and then the (Joe) Biden administration wants to write them a check,” Scott thundered on Fox News Sunday.

“The same administration wants to snoop into your bank account and take more of your money,” Scott added, responding to proposals for increased IRS transaction monitoring on bank accounts. “This is wrong.”

Scott isn’t the only Florida leader to blast potential compensation for these individuals.

Gov. Ron DeSantis called 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 10 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 hardworking 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. Though an ACLU lawyer says the punitive policy “deliberately traumatized” these families, for DeSantis, that issue seemed more ancillary Friday.

“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.”

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


  • zhombre

    October 31, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    It’s the Illegal Immigrant Prize Fund.

    • Professor Emeritus

      October 31, 2021 at 3:22 pm


      • Zhombre

        October 31, 2021 at 5:50 pm

        Yes I’ve read it and it has nothing to do with paying huge sums of money to people who are not citizens and are apprehending entering the country illegally.

        • Professor Emeritus

          October 31, 2021 at 8:17 pm

          nor shall any person ……. be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;
          It says PERSON not CITIZEN
          So yes if you rape an undocumented immigrant after arresting her you violate the constitution. same if you steal their children. that i s depriving a person of a liberty interest without due process.

          • Evan

            November 1, 2021 at 7:54 am

            Illegal aliens don’t have constitutional rights.

  • PeterH

    October 31, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Rick Scott hand wringing over hypothetical nonsense. Joe Biden would never sign onto such a plan.

    • Captain Howdy

      October 31, 2021 at 2:19 pm

      Do you say, Lincoln Project asskisser

  • Kathy

    October 31, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    This tirade from someone at the healm one of the largest Medicare fraud cases ever perpetrated. Bailed out of his company with millions in severance and “consulting” fees and now “represents” my district.

  • Professor Emeritus

    October 31, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    nor shall any person ……. be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION
    If separating parents from children by force is a constitutional violation, it’s a violation even if they are undocumented aliens . If a federal officer follows orders and shoots prisoners, it does not matter if they are innocent or guilty or undocumented aliens.

    • Alex

      October 31, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Republicans believe the Constitution only applies to citizens, or should.

      • Impeach Biden

        October 31, 2021 at 4:13 pm

        Absolutely correct. The thought that some of the Biden zombies actually support this proves that liberalism is a mental disorder. So every illegal marching up from Mexico now thinks that if they get to the US, the idiot in the White House will give each of them 450k.
        Total lunacy.

        • Professor Emeritus

          October 31, 2021 at 8:14 pm

          You clearly have trouble reading. ITS THE LAW I know that is an impossible idea for Trumpies since like Hitlerites they think he is above the law.
          Trump violated legal rights and we have to pay for it.

          • Phil

            November 3, 2021 at 4:42 pm

            Over-generalize much, professor bunko? Trump is over–he is damaged goods. And, as an aside, the tripe you put out there would be easier to follow with the insertion of a few PUNCTUATION marks, “professor.”

  • Professor Emeritus

    October 31, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    You cant rape detainees or steal their chlldren or pay them a dollare an hour for working from the NYT

    Immigration Detainees Are Owed $17 Million in Back Pay, Jury Says

    The detainees had been working for $1 a day in a for-profit detention center in Tacoma, Wash., a labor practice that a federal jury said violated state law.

    Detainees have not been charged with a crime . Deportaion is a civil matter. Stealing children is stealing children

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