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Report: Dept. of Agriculture Sending 500 Employees to Border to Help With Surge of Unaccompanied Children

Report: Dept. of Agriculture Sending 500 Employees to Border to Help With Surge of Unaccompanied Children

There is no crisis, but let’s send people from the Agriculture Department to help unaccompanied children because they have a ton of experience with immigrant children. Right?

The Spectator reported that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will send 500 volunteers to the border to help overwhelmed officials process the surge of unaccompanied children:

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offered employees an ‘informational unaccompanied minors’ session last week ‘to learn more about volunteer detail opportunities for employees’, according to an email obtained by The Spectator. Volunteers would be responsible for working directly with migrant children to interview them for their legal cases and help connect them with adult sponsors residing in the United States.

‘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,’ Terry Cosby, acting chief of the NRCS, wrote in the email, dated April 22. ‘I urge you to seriously consider answering this call to service to make a difference.’

President Joe Biden’s administration says over and over that we do not have a border crisis. Biden admitted we have a crisis, but his people quickly “clarified” his comment.

If we have no crisis then why ask people in the USDA to volunteer their time to spend 12-hours a day performing a job with no previous training? It looks like the government will literally throw the employees into the unknown:

Volunteers will be expected to work 12-hour shifts daily, including weekends, for a period of several weeks to as long as three months. According to a FAQ sheet from the Office of Refugee Resettlement obtained by The Spectator, volunteers should not expect formal training before conducting interviews with unaccompanied migrant children, many of whom are the victims of severe trauma.

‘Support personnel should not expect formal, classroom-based training classes up front as the need for help is immediate,’ the document explains. ‘Rather, support personnel can expect a three-step training process: 1) Badging. 2) Orientation and 3) Shift Scheduling.’

These relatively untrained employees will be responsible for conducting eight to 12 interviews daily with children who ‘have experienced very difficult, sad, or scary things while they were in their home country or on the journey to the United States,’ the ORR says. ‘Common traumatic experiences that unaccompanied children report include gang violence, sexual abuse, domestic violence, physical abuse, being separated for a long time from parents, and witnessing the death or suffering of people they love.’

Could you imagine having to counsel and interview children who experienced horrendous childhoods and trek over the border without any therapy or childcare training?

The USDA confirmed that 500 employees will go to the border. They are participating in a volunteer program “conducted by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).”

The department assured The Spectator that the loss of employees will not hamper the USDA’s ability to perform its duties.

I’m more concerned with the lack of professionalism coming from the administration. The border crisis needs people with training centered around helping children, especially children who have experienced trauma.


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They’re gonna put them to work in the fields? Or turn them into fertilizer?! (It’s people!)

I’m sure they are there to search for dangerous evasive plants

Morning Sunshine | April 30, 2021 at 10:42 am

“The department assured The Spectator that the loss of employees will not hamper the USDA’s ability to perform its duties.”

um, does that mean we can cut those jobs altogether?

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    rightway in reply to catscradle. | April 30, 2021 at 11:13 am

    My recollection is that govt can’t bypass prohibited conduct by soliciting private individuals to do the work for them. Such as soliciting a private investigator to do a search because the state is unable to get a warrant. Perhaps there is a Section 1983 claim in that letter.

    Ironic that it was the Democrats that really started this when they said they wouldn’t trust a vaccine developed during the Trump administration.

      LibraryGryffon in reply to rightway. | April 30, 2021 at 3:18 pm

      I’ve used that last one on my mother when she tried to convince me to get the shot. She tried to tell me that no one had said that! I then got her to admit that Harris is an idiot.

I think they should use Postal Inspectors since they have time to monitor social media, which seems completely outside their jurisdiction anyway.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to rightway. | April 30, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    USPS is arrogant and incompetent. I do my best to get everything by other carriers

      It really ticks me off to order something, think it’s coming by UPS, then realize UPS is merely delivering to the USPS for that company, and they will then take their sweet bippy time delivering it to me.

        henrybowman in reply to GWB. | April 30, 2021 at 8:45 pm

        It’s even more frustrating when the as*les program the ordering website to nag you that they don’t accept PO Boxes, then they drop off the merchandise at the local PO, where you pay for a box because they won’t deliver to your street address.

I’m trying to imagine how 500 Civil Service employees with special skills (Spanish fluency) would be willing to leave their jobs and volunteer for this. This is going to yank 500 employees out of offices that use Spanish, which will certainly cause issues with some farmers, but the big question is:

How do they get paid?

I mean Civil Service have certain protections, one of which is not working 12 hour days without overtime. So are these employees just going on paid leave and actually volunteering (which involves considerably more work than if they had just stayed at their offices) or are they still getting paid per hour, which is going to build up one whomping pile of OT (which come to think of it may be the enticement to ‘volunteer’ since OT is time and a half, or double time on weekends, plus per diem and locality pay.)

Cattle….children…..pens? What’s the problem? Livestock is livestock.

Why not just go to Mexico and pick them up? Bring them here on air conditioned buses in order to spare them the long, arduous journey during the summer months?

Trans-humane (e.g. selective-child), trans-civil (e.g. civil rights violations), and Green (e.g. labor and environment arbitrage, intermittent/renewable energy) policies are a first-order forcing of catastrophic anthropogenic immigration reform (e.g. refugee crises).

Safe bet they are going to teach those kids how to plant maize. Their kind of diet, like corn tortilla burritos and frijoles, will produce huge volumes of gasses like we’ve never known outside a navy ship’s messdecks or a Taco Bell’s bathroom in Mississippi. Whyever should we be importing people, even small people, who are more responsible for generating climate change than termites, cattle and Big Oil robber barons? This is bigger than the Ozone Layer and freon thing back in the 70’s. And not a peep out of the bunny huggers and the Greens. This kind of thing galls my gizzard. 🙁

“let’s send people from the Agriculture Department to help unaccompanied children because they have a ton of experience with immigrant children. Right?”

That’s one theory. Here’s another:

Over a nearly two-year period – the last years of the Obama administration (FY2015 – FY2016), … traditionally administrative agencies spent more than $20 million [on new guns and ammunition]… Agriculture spent $1.1 million on guns and ammunition. The Forest Service stocked up on .22 rifles. The National Resources Conservation Service signed a $10,347 contract with Wild West Guns, LLC for “Guns through 30mm.”* The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service tallied the biggest tab at the Department of Agriculture, spending $22,336 on rifles and pistols plus nearly half a million dollars on ammunition including buckshot, shotgun shells, and rifle ammunition.

*That’s a 1.2″ diameter bullet folks. “Destructive devices” forbidden to civilians start at 0.5″.

    I’m suspecting the ‘Guns through 30mm’ is including CS gas for 38mm launchers, and I’m willing to bet 90% of the purchases are deployed within the boundaries of Washington DC. APHIS will have firearms to put down dangerous and possibly infected animals, and that’s about it. (although I have to wonder why Forest Service has .22 rifles. Rabid squirrels?)

CommoChief | May 1, 2021 at 9:46 am

The Feds are paying $24 an hour for these positions for non current government employees. This is way above the wage scale in El Paso much less smaller border communities.

The local business had a hard enough time getting workers in light of extended/increased unemployment benefits and stimulus checks. Combined with seasonal tax refund ‘vacation’ for folks that game the system and now wage competition that simply can’t be met the local businesses are unable to hire.