We don’t often get a chance to say this, but Joe Biden was right. In first, Anyway. Remember when Peter Doocy asked Biden on reports that the administration would pay $ 450,000 per family member for the separated after illegally crossing the border? Biden immediately called the idea “junk” and claimed it was nonsense:
Immediately after, the ACLU contested Biden’s denial revealing that his administration was negotiating a deal on exactly these terms through the Justice Department. Biden quickly reversed the term “junk”. First, Deputy Press Officer Karine Jean-Pierre Pronounced Biden “comfortable” with repair payments for family separations. A day or two later, Biden himself stated that illegal entry into the country “deserved” compensation for the outcomes of the family separation policy.
Biden should have been left with “junk”. A new Trafalgar survey shows that two-thirds of all Americans think such payments would also be “junk,” and that fewer than one in five Americans support the idea:
Note that a majority of 56% strongly disapprove of the idea. It’s brutal, but it’s certainly not all the bad news in this poll. If this data suggests that the opposition is wide, wait until you get to the demos. Even among the Democrats, a plurality opposes the idea, 36/46. The largest plurality in the Dem breakout goes to “strongly disapprove” at 27.5%, while those who strongly approve only amount to 16.5% of Democratic respondents.
You can probably imagine what Republicans think (6.5 / 88.1, with 84.7% strongly disapproving), but what about independents? The idea of reparations gets a whopping 9.3% support among unaffiliated voters, while 67.5% oppose the idea.
That’s not the only bad news for Biden on immigration policy. Thanks to the wave of illegal immigration brought about by Biden’s rhetoric and policies this year, a large majority of Americans want the southern border closed until the administration decides to act, 54.7 / 31.6 . Democrats oppose the 29.5 / 51.5 idea, but independents want the twenty-point boundary, 52.3 / 31.2.
Power Line’s John Hinderaker and Steven Hayward I wonder what the real game ending is with this deeply unpopular idea, so bad that even Biden’s instinctive reaction was to call it “junk”:
The interesting thing for me is that the Democrats couldn’t have imagined that their payoff scheme would be popular. Yet they will continue to do so, under the hyper-partisan leadership of Merrick Garland. The Democrats are in a damn torpedo mode and are determined to carry out as much of their extreme agenda as possible, regardless of the consequences.
STEVE adds: I think everyone is missing something here. Paying illegal aliens is simply an empty race to establish the basis for paying compensation for slavery. Since Congress is unlikely to ever vote for such a thing, how about a collusive lawsuit against the Biden administration that the Justice Department “calls” in favor of reparations?
I. to think this is a stretch, legally speaking anyway. Compensation in this case goes to those who have been directly affected by the separation policy, which empowers them to sue in the first place. No one alive today has that kind of candidacy for a cause that would end Congress for the reparations of slavery. Courts would likely give up on such an effort immediately on both position issues and separation of powers. But it is certainly an interesting exercise to normalize the idea of repair – and Trafalgar’s results equally interesting to suggest how far this idea remains on the sidelines.