According to a report by the New York Times, the Biden administration is asking federal employees to take paid leave to help care for thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) who arrived at the United States’ southern border. 

The report alleges that President Joe Biden’s White House has directed emails to be sent to federal employees in the midst of over ten thousand of unaccompanied minors being held in federal custody at the border.

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Biden Admin Offering Four Months Paid Leave

The New York Times reported on Saturday, “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?”

“A briefing memo sent to administration officials this week directed the health department to ‘identify and deploy all available federal volunteers to support’ the effort to address the increase of minors, a drive reflected by the email seeking government workers to help,” the Times noted.

The report continued, “As of Friday, 2,722 employees across the government have volunteered, in most cases with their salaries being picked up by the health department.”

“Some are caring for children at shelters,” the Times reported. “Others are helping with case management, I.T. services, food delivery, transportation and other logistics.”

WaPo: Biden Admin Scrambling

This alleged request comes as migrants continue to arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border at levels that many have described as a “crisis.”

The Washington Post reported in late March, “The Biden administration is scrambling to control the biggest surge in 20 years, with the nation on pace for as many as 2 million migrants at the southern border this year — the outcome Biden said he wanted to avoid.”

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Critics have said Biden’s language and actions have encouraged this surge.

But WaPo noted, “Biden disputed the notion that asylum seekers were surging to the border because they had heard he was ‘a nice guy,’ and reiterated his administration’s appeal that they stay home. ‘Yes, I can say quite clearly: Don’t come over,’ he said. ‘Don’t leave your town or city or community.”

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