(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) In a desperate attempt to project some sort of control over the southern border, the Department of Homeland Security has attempted to create task forces made up of random assortments of deep-state functionaries in order to vet illegal aliens, according to a report from the Daily Caller.
Kelu Chao, CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media Acting, sent an email to her agency’s employees inviting them to join the “DHS Volunteer Force,” which assists the federal government with “processing migrants.”
“I am excited to share an opportunity for you to serve on a detail with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a member of their Volunteer Force,” Chao wrote in the email. “DHS needs your assistance to help ensure our nation has a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system.”
The mission of Chao’s agency, which is staffed mainly by journalists and those who facilitate broadcasts, is “to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.”
Chao promised that volunteers would keep their government pay for the duration of their work for DHS and suggested that more than a thousand federal employees were inessential enough to volunteer for similar task forces in the past year.
“Over the last year, nearly 1,400 personnel—including from USAGM—have answered that call by supporting personnel along the Southwest Border and helping to resettle thousands of vulnerable Afghan nationals,” Chao wrote.
According reporting from the Daily Caller, however, such volunteer tasks forces are rife with potential gov’t abuses—from federal reporters who have (or gain) a conflict of interest, or even from foreign spies interested in infiltrating the U.S. government.
For example, USAGM’s former CEO, Michael Pack, warned in August 2020 that these randomly assembled DHS task forces were “a great place to put a foreign spy.”
In a statement given to the Daily Caller, however, USAGM Director of Public Affairs Laurie Moy said all potential volunteers would be screened.
“The referenced message was shared with all USAGM staff inviting all U.S. federal employees to apply,” Moy said. “Any application received will be screened, and any potential conflict of interest will be identified.”