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White House: Biden 'comfortable' with payments to families separated at border, but not $450,000 a person

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By Victor Reklaitis

The White House on Thursday provided more details on President Joe Biden's stance on potential payments of around $450,000 a person to immigrant families that were separated at the border during the Trump era. "If it saves taxpayer dollars and puts the disastrous history of the previous administration's use of zero tolerance and family separation behind us, 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," said Karine Jean-Pierre, a White House spokeswoman. She said Biden on Wednesday was reacting to the dollar figure of $450,000 that was mentioned during a news conference, when he said payouts of that amount won't happen. She also said the DOJ has made clear to the plaintiffs that the reported figures are higher than anywhere that a settlement can land, but she declined to give a figure that would be acceptable to Biden.

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