The Biden administration has come up with plans to take 500 employees from the Department of Agriculture and send them to the southern border, where they will provide assistance for overwhelmed federal law enforcement officials who are trying to find the adults to whom the unaccompanied minors will be released from custody.
“The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is partnering with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the federal government’s urgent efforts to care for and place Unaccompanied Children who have entered the U.S. via the southern border,” a USDA spokesman said in an email sent to the folks over at the Washington Examiner. “HHS is seeking interested candidates to serve from two weeks up to 120 days for a voluntary deployment detail as part of the effort.”
The department asked employees in an internal email sent April 22 to volunteer to assist interviewing and handling children who come across the United States-Mexico border without parents, according to a report from the Spectator. USDA has no role in immigration or border affairs, and the request is extremely unusual, especially as the White House insists that the border is not in a state of “crisis” but is soliciting help from workers who have no training or experience in social work or child services.
The surge of Central American children coming across the southern border began in February, after President Joe Biden chose to stop immediately turning away unaccompanied children, a policy the Trump administration adopted in March 2020 to avoid filling Border Patrol stations with people amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under a federal anti-trafficking law, children from Central America are supposed to be taken into custody and given the opportunity to seek humanitarian protection before being returned home.
“These are children in need and government employees now have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these children, families and communities impacted by this migration,” acting USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Terry Cosby wrote. “I urge you to seriously consider answering this call to service to make a difference.”
These 500 USDA employees will be aid for the HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, which holds kids for a month while it searches for family members that might be here in the United States.
Hey, you know, the best way to end this crisis is to enforce the rules we have on the books and to reinstate the policies of former President Donald Trump. It won’t take long after that for things to calm down.
Too bad the Biden administration won’t even consider that option.