Biden Administration Offers 4 Months Paid Leave To Federal Employees Who Care Illegal Migrant Children
The Biden administration is offering thousands of federal workers 4 months of paid leave under the condition to volunteer to help care for illegal migrant kids who have crossed the border from Mexico.
Federal employees have received emails from the White House asking them to help with Unaccompanied Alien Children, the New York Times reported.
“The desperate plea landed this week in the email inboxes of employees in government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and NASA: Will you consider taking a four-month paid leave from your job to help care for migrant children in government-run shelters packed with new arrivals at the border?”
“The request to much of the federal work force came from the Department of Health and Human Services, which is at the heart of a frantic effort by the Biden administration to keep up with a surge in young people crossing the southwestern border hoping to reunite with relatives already in the United States,” the Times wrote.
In an interview with Fox News, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he believes the number of illegal unaccompanied migrant children will actually be higher than the 35,000 the Biden administration estimates will be in custody by next June.
Recently, Abbott blamed the current administration for the border situation, stressing that child welfare agencies in the state have been receiving complaints about sexual abuse at the Freeman Coliseum detention center in San Antonio.
“This facility is a health and safety nightmare,” the governeor said. “The Biden administration is now presiding over the abuse of children. To end this abuse, the Biden administration must immediately shut down this facility.”
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) March 26, 2021
However, according to Press Secretary Jen Psaki, the White House has no intentions of shutting down the facility.
“Well, first we take safety and the well-being of children in our care very seriously, hence our earlier conversation about the funding spent to keep them safe during the pandemic,” she said. “His claims will be looked into and investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services.”
“Currently we have no basis for his call to shut down the San Antonio Freeman Coliseum as an intake site but we will of course — we take these allegations seriously and they will be investigated.”
Last week @POTUS announced he was sending FEMA to the border. Two months after ending the Trump administration’s emergency declaration, he’s now relying on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fix his mistakes, all while saying “nothing has changed.”https://t.co/8TFNGUa3TF
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) March 26, 2021
The report came after Republican senator Mike Braun told The Washington Examiner that someone who worked for the administration “asked that he delete his photos” he made as he visited an overcrowded facility at the border.
“There was one of Biden’s representatives,” he said.
“I felt sorry for the lady because she actually talked to me about deleting a picture, but by the time she got to me, all those other pictures were taken, and that shows you the hypocrisy. None of us would have gone down there if we were going to be muzzled,” the senator said, and added that Border Patrol also asked that no pictures be taken, but that “they were telling us that because they had to.”
Thank you to our men and women in Border Patrol who work day and night to keep drugs off our streets, stop human traffickers, and keep our country’s southern border safe and secure. We thank you! @SenateGOP pic.twitter.com/2DNgPRgxpB
— Senator Mike Braun (@SenatorBraun) March 26, 2021
Later on, Braun wrote a letter to the president urging him to go down to the border to see what is going on himself.
“The crisis surrounding this surge makes it a moral imperative for you to see firsthand what is happening—and not the sanitized version of the border tour taken by some of my congressional colleagues,” he wrote. “Having personally gone this week, I can testify to this being an inhumane, unsustainable, and dangerous situation.”
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