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D.C. Mayor Requests National Guard Assistance With Migrants

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser before a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing. | Image by Carlos Barria, Washington Times via AP

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Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser formally requested the National Guard’s assistance in curbing the alleged “growing humanitarian crisis” sparked by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey sending busloads of processed migrants to the nation’s capital.

“We are focused, and we continue to be very focused on having the federal government do its part and take the lead in what we see as a growing humanitarian crisis with people who are seeking asylum coming across the country to get to their final destinations,” Bowser said in a press conference Thursday.


Since Gov. Abbott announced Texas’ busing program in April and Gov. Ducey followed suit in May, the two states have sent nearly 200 buses carrying more than 5,000 migrants to D.C.

A letter to the White House, sent on behalf of Bowser by the director of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Christopher Rodriguez, formally asked the White House last week for an open-ended deployment of 150 National Guard members and a “suitable federal location” for a mass housing and processing center. 

The request followed a July 21 meeting between Mayor Bowser, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security Liz Sherwood-Randall, and the director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Julie Chavez Rodriguez.

A coalition of local charitable groups has been working to feed and shelter the processed migrants, aided by a $1-million grant of federal taxpayer funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). However, organizers of the groups have warned that their resources and personnel are being exhausted.

“This reliance on NGOs is not working and is unsustainable — they are overwhelmed and underfunded,” Bowser stated in her letter. 

Bowser had previously complained that the influx of migrants hinders her government’s ability to care for its homeless and vagrant people and requires intervention from the White House.

“We know we have a federal issue that demands a federal response,” Bowser said at a July 18 press conference.

Bowser added that she expects the crisis to “escalate.”

“The number of people crossing the border, seeking asylum, we expect only to go up and we need to make sure there is a national response,” she said.

In her letter, Bowser placed some of the blame on Govs. Abbott and Ducey, accusing them of “cruel political gamesmanship” and claiming they “decided to use desperate people to score political points.”

Gov. Abbott said Mayor Bowser is mistaken in blaming him and Gov. Ducey, claiming that President Joe Biden’s migration policies created the crisis.

“Washington D.C. finally understands what Texans have been dealing with every single day, as our communities are overrun and overwhelmed by thousands of illegal immigrants thanks to President Biden’s open border policies,” a statement from Gov. Abbott’s office read.

“If the mayor wants a solution to this crisis, she should call on President Biden to take immediate action to secure the border — something he has failed to do. The true ongoing humanitarian crisis is along our southern border,” he stated.

There have been more than 200,000 encounters with unlawful migrants along the southern border in each of the last four months, according to data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

With more than 1.7 million unlawful migrant encounters in the fiscal year 2021, this fiscal year is on track to outpace that number. 

The high number of unlawful migrant encounters has led to some border counties declaring the situation an “invasion” and county officials calling on states to take matters into their own hands, as reported in The Dallas Express.

Some groups agree that Gov. Abbott is only trying to score political points with his program to bus migrants to the nation’s capital.

“Gov. Abbott is taking a card from Rick Perry’s playbook during an election year where he failed Texas on so many things,” said Nancy Thompson, founder of the group Mothers Against Greg Abbott.

“Texans want Gov. Abbott to focus on those things that will help Texas families,” Thompson added. “Dehumanizing others for his own political benefit is abhorrent. He needs to focus on: fixing the grid, enacting common sense gun laws, supporting public education and our teachers, keeping government out of medical decisions, the home, and the bedroom, [and] ensuring that parents have a say for what their own children see/learn, but not what others see/learn.”

Cindi Castilla, president of the Texas Eagle Forum, says border states had to take action because of the Biden administration’s failure to manage the situation.

“Our border states are overrun with over 200,000 illegal persons entering our country each month. It is an invasion of our nation,” said Castilla. “The proper federal response would be for the Biden Administration to revive the successful remain in Mexico policy.”

“The Biden open border policies are increasing the flow of deadly drugs and trafficked children into our country,” Castilla added. “Mayor Bowser should address this crisis with her party leaders and ask them to close our southern border to anyone not legally authorized to cross.”

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Bobby
Bobby
10 days ago

HA HA SKANK…NOW YOU SEE WHAT WE BORDER STATES HAVE TO DEAL WITH…AZZHOLE

caseyp
caseyp
Reply to  Bobby
10 days ago

What a scumbag she is. She denied National Guard troops in DC three times for the peaceful Jan 6 protest that were turned upside down by Democrat operatives.

Arlene Koeppen
Arlene Koeppen
Reply to  Bobby
9 days ago

Maybe they’ll finally get it. 5,000 to DC is a drop in the bucket compared to 200,000 a day. Wah wah

caseyp
caseyp
10 days ago

Suck it up Bowser. Now you know how people living on the southern border feel. You can’t handle 5000 illegals in DC? 50,000 are caught crossing the southern border every day. Why did you turn down National Guard for Jan 6 three times?

LFMinDallas
LFMinDallas
10 days ago

Providing proper and safe transportation to DC is an absolute masterstroke of genius. Thank you governors for doing this! Keep it up. Make sure the buses tour the DC area and then drop them out in front of the Whitehouse and capital. Be sure to tell them that is where they can get all the money. Make sure they setup their tents right on the sidewalk in front. Make sure the ACLU is there to defend their rights to do so. Make sure the DC Republicrats experience what the rest of America is experiencing. They hide behind their walls, fences and SS agents making laws that they don’t have to follow.

BTW, who is providing them transportation up to our border and across it? Why aren’t the leftist attacking them? They are the ones putting the illegals in real danger and allowing the drugs to come over in huge amounts. Do you really believe that they walked all the way across Mexico? The poor migrants truly are the pawns of the rich who are trying to tear America down.

Finish the Wall and defend it from all the drugs, etc. that are coming across the border.

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