Former Border Patrol czar Rodney Scott called the Biden administration’s proposed $450,000 payments to illegal immigrants who were separated from their family at the southern border during former President Trump’s administration “ludicrous” Thursday on “Fox News Primetime.” Such a sum could exceed that made to Gold Star families and families of 9/11 victims.
“This is ludicrous,” he said. “Anybody could file a lawsuit, but there’s no reason the federal government should be settling this lawsuit.”
Host Rachel Campos-Duffy explained that she is “worried that this is going to incentivize parents in other countries to do something very irresponsible, which is to bring their children on this journey.”
“It’s like, crime pays,” she added.
Scott added that he is “worried about the pull factors,” predicting migrants will get the message that illegal immigrants are being rewarded with $450,000 each.
The former Border Patrol chief, who served under both President Trump and Biden, called the payout “very demoralizing and…very frustrating” for Border Patrol agents.
Scott warned of “real threats coming into this country between the borders because the agents are simply overwhelmed.”
“They understand what it takes to identify trafficking of human beings,” he said.
Recently, an illegal immigrant in Florida who lied about being a minor was arrested for murder, a crime that could have been prevented if there were fewer than “600 kids a day crossing the border,” Scott said. He explained that agents “don’t have the time to dig in and figure…out” immigrants’ statuses, which they find “very frustrating because they want to preserve life.”
“They want to preserve the safety [of] the border, and they’re there to serve,” he said. “And when they feel like their hands are tied and they’re just stuck processing people [who] are going to get released, it’s very demoralizing.”