Biden Admin Offers 4-Month Paid Leave To Federal Employees Who Take In Illegal Alien Children
The administration of Democrat President Joe Biden is pushing for a controversial order that would allow thousands of federal employees to take a four-month paid leave should they volunteer to take in migrant children who have crossed the border illegally.
According to reports, the Biden administration emailed federal workers, where they were asked to help the government handle Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs).
“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 New York Times reported.
“The request to much of the federal workforce 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 publication added.
In March alone, there are nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors who have entered US custody — which was the largest monthly number ever recorded.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said he thinks the number of unaccompanied alien children held in custody will be “higher than the 35,000” by June.
The Republican governor also blamed the Biden administration last week for the spiraling border crisis — just over two months since taking office — as he lamented reports of reported sexual abuse at a detention center in San Antonio.
“This facility is a health and safety nightmare,” Abbott 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.”
President Trump has repeatedly blasted the Biden administration saying recently that the crisis occurred despite the new Democratic leadership being handed ‘the most secure border in history’ from his administration.
“All they had to do was keep this smooth-running system on autopilot. Instead, in the span of just a few weeks, the Biden Administration has turned a national triumph into a national disaster. They are in way over their heads and taking on water fast,” Trump has said.
The White House, however, maintained that it has no plans to shutdown the facility despite earlier claiming it is “not a place for children.”
“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. His claims will be looked into and investigated by the Department of Health and Human Services,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
“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,” she added.
Biden admin calls for volunteers to the border
The Office of Personnel Management reportedly sent the memo to various federal agency heads at end-March, asking them for “volunteer deployments” that could take “up to 120 days” to help with the efforts in placing children with sponsors as current staff are unable to cope up with the number coming into the country.
The request for additional manpower comes as border officials struggle to keep up with the unprecedented surge of migrant crossers at the border since the Biden administration took over.
Iowa rejects WH plea to house child migrants
Most recently, the Biden administration moved to fly unaccompanied minors across the country to put them into emergency housing facilities — but Iowa’s GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds already earlier refused Biden’s request to provide temporary housing saying “she has rejected a federal request to accept migrant children into the state, saying the need to find homes for them ‘is the president’s problem,’” Reynolds said.
“This is not our problem,” Reynolds said, noting that the state itself does not have any temporary facilities to lend to the Department of Housing and Human Services.
“This is the president’s problem. He’s the one that has opened the border, and he needs to be responsible for this and he needs to stop it,” Reynolds added.
The Republican governor noted that Iowa has “limited resources and administrative concerns” prompting her to turn down Biden’s request. “We have an obligation to take care of our children first and absent the resources or a clear and comprehensive plan for federal support, we were unable to accommodate the request,” said. “We acknowledge this is an incredibly saddening and difficult situation.”
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