The federal government proposes to pay NASA employees to care for migrant children
Washington — Last week, in the emails of employees of government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and NASA, their desire to apply for a job was greatly reduced: Would you consider taking four months of paid leave to help Crowded government-run shelters caring for immigrant children are full of new immigrants at the border?
The Southwest hopes to make crazy efforts with the federal government. This is the center of the crazy efforts made by the Biden government to keep up with the increase in the number of transit children, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for most of the federal government’s labor force. The request made. With family in the United States.
The numbers are too numerous to list. In March, Border Patrol agents found nearly 19,000 children on the border, a record high in a single month. Most of them fled poverty and violence in Central America. It is expected that the number of children of migrant workers will increase in the coming weeks.
More than 20,000 children and young people are supervised by the government system, which has “accounted for 103% of its capacity.”
According to the response to the border crisis led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), information materials from Operation Artemis show that this number includes nearly 17,000 minors in shelters managed by the Ministry of Health.
Government forecasts obtained by The New York Times indicate that more than 35,000 immigrant children may participate in June, a prospect that former senior officials of the Department of Health and Human Services described as “frightening.”
The ability of the Department of Health and Human Services to build shelters, quickly transfer children to them, and then match them with relatives and other customers in the United States, is the first step in whether the Biden administration can respond quickly and effectively to this issue. The main test. The increasingly serious immigration crisis has had a profound impact on both political and cultural aspects.
This pressure is creating tension within the White House. According to two government officials familiar with the meeting, President Biden expressed frustration with the new HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra at a meeting held at the White House on March 30.
Susan Rice, Director of the National Policy Committee, and Amy Pope, Senior Adviser to the President’s Immigration Affairs, have been actively putting pressure on officials from the Ministry of Health and other immigration agencies to quickly demobilize 4000. Many young immigrants explained the reasons. Several people familiar with the meeting said it was a prison-like detention facility operated by the Border Patrol.
When they crossed the border for the first time, unaccompanied children and teenagers were taken to the border prison. According to the law, they should stay there for no more than three days and then be transferred to about 150 shelters and other facilities and collective housing supervised by the Ministry of Health and Human Services.
However, because there is no available space in the shelter, young people are often detained for longer periods of time under the harsh conditions of the border facilities. When they are finally sent to Ministry of Health shelters across the country, they must receive education, medical care, psychological services, and recreational activities, while officials screen out family members, friends, or adoptive parents who may accept them. They usually face more Long detainee.
The latest increase is expected to exceed the magnitude that triggered the 2014 and 2016 President Barack Obama (Barack Obama) and 2019 Donald Trump (Donald Trump) crises, and government officials are eager to build facilities and hire employees for them.
Officials opened ten emergency shelters in vacant places, such as convention centers in Dallas and San Diego, an exhibition center in San Antonio, and a military site and former oil worker camp in Texas.
They also took action to reduce the time required for parental background checks, with a view to freeing immigrant youth from shelters more quickly and providing open spaces for detainees in border prisons. But even with initial signs of progress, more than 4,100 children were still trapped in border facilities earlier this week, far exceeding the 2,600 detainees in border prisons at the peak of 2019.
Republicans have resolved this issue, claiming that when Biden took action to undo his predecessor’s restrictive border policy, he did not act quickly enough to expand the asylum system.
A few weeks after taking office, Biden issued a series of executive orders targeting other parts of his immigration agenda, including reviewing the Trump administration’s policies to restrict asylum and stop the construction of the border wall. After the number of children trapped in border prisons exceeded 3,000, the president waited until March to call FEMA to help find a children’s shelter.
Trump’s aides said that professional officials warned that Biden’s upcoming team might arrive in the spring, but said the new government did not act quickly and began to restart emergency facilities to make more room.
Officials in the Biden administration refused to accept these criticisms, saying that they had not received enough information during the transition period and notified Congress that it was necessary to start increasing emergency response capabilities in early February.
They said that during the pandemic, Trump administration officials decided to freeze employment in the refugee settlement office of the Department of Health in charge of shelters, which also hindered them. They accused their predecessors of relying solely on Trump’s tough policies to prevent immigrants from entering the country.
“They rejected unaccompanied immigrant children, so they did not work to expand the asylum system,” said Cecilia Muñoz, one of the highest immigration authorities during Biden’s transition.