The Biden administration is offering paid leave to thousands of federal employees so they’ll volunteer to help care for thousands of migrant children who have crossed illegally into the U.S. in another sign the situation along the border has spiraled out of control.
According to The New York Times, the administration has sent emails to federal workers asking for their assistance with Unaccompanied Alien Children, or UAC’s.
“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 Times reported.
“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 paper continued.
On Sunday during an interview with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Fox News host Chris Matthews referenced a government estimate that, at the current rate of UACs crossing the border, there will be 35,000 migrant minors in detention centers by June. But Abbott projected the number would actually be higher.