I spent eight years at NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.
I’ve never seen anything like it.
NASA has just sent an email to staff looking for volunteers to help staff unaccompanied migrant children, to an internal email provided to me: pic.twitter.com/erAGwjK3KB
– Ken Klippenstein (@kenklippenstein) April 6, 2021
I was not a federal employee now. Most of NASA is not. NASA has a big name, but it is a small agency and most of them are contractors. Federal officials manage these contractors and the agency’s programs. The Perseverance rover is an example of one of these programs, as is Hubble and its successor, the soon-to-launch James Webb Space Telescope.
Federal officials are the backbone of a mostly private-sector agency that puts rockets and humans into space and conducts aviation research. This is in the name ̵
There is nothing under this name to manage children at the border. Nothing. If any of the federal staff had been asked to volunteer for the Border Service when I was at Hubble, all of us contractors would have heard of it.
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But here we are. The Biden administration irresponsibly threw the border wide open on the first day. Hundreds of thousands of migrants have crossed it illegally. There are at least 18,000 children kept in some type of overcrowded facility. The border towns are overgrown. The federal government is so devastated that it is now trying to remove space program staff, managers and strange astronauts and rocket scientists from their important job at one of the smallest federal agencies to deal with this unfolding border disaster.
The Biden administration is failing. He is now trying to blame Trump, but the migrants are not wearing MAGA hats. They are wearing “Biden, please let us go!” Shirts and announcing to every reporter that they came because Biden told them.
Trump left Biden a fairly tidy line. The wall that Biden and his men mocked was nearing completion; Biden inherited shovel-ready infrastructure jobs right there, but canceled them immediately to retaliate against Trump and his supporters. Biden, according to Obama’s quote about his tendency to “fuck things up,” went and did just that.
How do you know? Biden has been urging other, larger agencies to come and help for several weeks. That was not enough. It was dirt. Who knew that a bunch of government fat cats living in multi-million dollar homes in Bethesda, Michigan and Northern Virginia don’t want to go to the border where it’s dangerous, and will have to keep thousands of children in mind? And by the way, deal with more COVID. And hyper-violent drug cartels that make Blackbeard look like a student. Shocking that they don’t get enough volunteers, right?
This NASA email seems to have escalated from a staff and facility perspective when Biden’s people began considering using a NASA facility to house migrants back in March. Wrap your mind around that. NASA’s facilities are not designed for that. They are designed for either missile research and real launches, they are designed to build satellites in clean rooms, they are designed for aerospace or other research, or they are academic and office buildings. What part of that says “Let’s entangle a bunch of migrant children here”?
NASA people are not meant for that either. They are program staff and managers, top-level physicists and the like. These are very smart people who do amazing things, but the mass care of children in convention centers and tent cities is far from “other duties as assigned to them.” Or even voluntarily, in this case.
They tried to hire babysitters with a whopping $ 144,000, according to a report by Victoria Taft in March. We also have … this. Egad. All this, Biden does. But we escaped these evil tweets. This is something.
Now Biden is trying to get NASA people out of space and blood research – their main mission, and one that is as important as ever with growing China – to deal with the border chaos it has created from stupidity and malice. This is not good. Joe Biden (or whoever makes his decisions for him) is an idiot.