A Gold Star father is blasting President Joe Biden over his reported plan to pay illegal aliens separated at the U.S. border during the Trump administration up to $450,000 each.
The huge payout estimates rivals what some Gold Star families receive after their loved ones die serving in the U.S. Military.
Gold Star father David Horton said Sunday that it’s “an outrage” and “completely disrespectful” for the Biden administration to potentially pay more to migrants who illegally crossed our border than to families of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
“I think it’s another – yet another insult … against our military families and Gold Star families and veterans,” Horton said on “Fox & Friends.” “It’s just another another slap in the face … It’s completely disrespectful.”
Horton’s son Christopher died while serving in Afghanistan, which was recently flipped to the Taliban’s control after Biden executed a bungled withdrawal.
According to Fox News, “The families of those lost in the line of duty receive a one-time payment of $100,000. Service members do have the option of opting into a voluntary life insurance policy which maxes out at $400,000, but they do have to contribute to it.”
“They’ve broken the law coming in on our borders and didn’t compare that with someone, a patriot like my son, who gave his all on the battlefield of Afghanistan,” Horton slammed.
“I just, I am outraged,” the father said. “I think this is, you know, you just wonder, where is the outcry against some of these policies that are just there? Unbelievable to me.”
The Wall Street Journal reported last week: “The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services are considering payments that could amount to close to $1 million a family, though the final numbers could shift. Most of the families that crossed the border illegally from Mexico to seek asylum in the U.S. included one parent and one child.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) reacted to the report via Twitter: “Biden wants to pay illegal immigrants $450,000 for their hardship while breaking our laws. For perspective, if a service member is killed in action, their next of kin gets an insurance payment of $400,000. Let that sink in.”
Likewise, Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC) led a GOP letter condemning the Biden administration’s reported move (emphasis original).
“Promising tens of thousands of dollars to those who unlawfully entered the United States would not only reward criminal behavior, but it would surely send a message to the world that our borders are open, and or rule of law will not be enforced. Compare this hefty compensation sum [$450,000] to the 2019 average median American household annual income of $68,703,” the letter said. “Furthermore, compare it to the maximum payout from a SGLI life insurance policy for military members, which is $400,000. The idea that we would give illegal foreigners who broke the law a check that exceeds the amount that our government supplies to our valiant and heroic Gold Star Families is shameful, reprehensible, and morally indignant.”