Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is getting some help from the White House in handling negative public opinion regarding the ongoing crisis at the southern border. Rather than making an effort to implement sane policies and enforce existing federal law, however, the Administration is recruiting journalists who will provide favorable reporting and public relations assistance.
The DHS posted three federal job listings this week for “writer-editors.” The agency has two openings at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and one at Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
The Administration’s decision to bring media professionals into border enforcement agencies indicates that it is preparing for the coming surge of congressional requests and press appearances about the border crisis as this year’s crucial midterm elections approach.
The new listing at CBP calls for a media expert who will draft responses to congressional requests for information on “complex issues related to the enforcement of legislation.” The position also requires a candidate who will present information to “maximize understanding and minimize controversy.” The opening comes with a starting salary between $90,000 and $117,000.
The listings at ICE are seeking two persons who will be “creating talking points” for officials in the agency to use when testifying before Congress or making media appearances. These postings require candidates with a federal security clearance level of “secret” and are classified as “high risk” positions. The starting pay is listed at between around $126,000 and $164,000.
Even as the Biden White House refuses to address the crisis at the border, it remains a top issue cited by American voters as being vital to them. During the Biden Administration, Gallup polling has consistently shown that immigration is one of the top four issues named the “most important” to voters.
Only around one-third of voters give Biden their approval for his handling of immigration. Last year saw a record number of illegal migrant apprehensions at the southern border at nearly 2 million. The compliant corporate media has largely ignored the problem. However, this year’s election season is likely to see Republican candidates bring the issue to the fore because most Americans are very interested in hearing about real solutions and positive action.
Meanwhile, the DHS is preparing to defend itself from difficult questions and heightened public attention.