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Pentagon denies DC mayor ask for help with migrants: reports

The Department of Defense spurned Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for help from the district’s National Guard in dealing with an inflow of migrants from Arizona and Texas — which she not too long ago labeled a “humanitarian crisis,” in keeping with a number of reports.

“After careful consideration the Department has concluded it cannot fulfill your request,” Pentagon government secretary Kelly Bulliner Holly wrote to Christopher Rodriguez, director of DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, in keeping with NBC News.

The DOD argued that nation’s capital already has ample funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deal with and in any other case help arriving migrants.

“I understand a non-Governmental Organization, SAMU First Response, has received federal grant funding via the Emergency Food and Shelter Program by FEMA for this mission,” Holly’s letter continued. 

“Notably this program supplements funding for humanitarian relief efforts by government and social service organizations for the purposes of providing shelter and supportive services to families and individuals.”  

A bus from Del Rio, Texas carrying Venezuelan migrants arriving in Washington, DC on August 2, 2022.
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DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's request for National Guard troops to handle the arrival of the migrants was denied by the Department of Defense.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for National Guard troops to deal with the arrival of the migrants was denied by the Department of Defense.
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The Pentagon didn’t instantly reply to The Post’s request for remark. 

The refusal comes 17 days after Bowser’s July 19 request, through which she requested for 150 DC National Guard personnel every day to make sure a “24/7 operation” in receiving the migrants, in addition to the usage of the DC Armory, or “one other appropriate federal location within the National Capital Region, for a short lived processing heart. 

At the time, Bowser revealed that “over 4,000 individuals arriving on nearly 200 buses” had arrived in Washington since April, when Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey pledged to place migrants on constitution buses to protest the Biden administration’s immigration insurance policies.

Bowser called the arrival of migrants from Arizona and Texas a “humanitarian crisis.
Bowser known as the arrival of migrants from Arizona and Texas a “humanitarian disaster.”
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“Our collective response and service efforts have now become overwhelmed,” Bowser pleaded. 

“[O]ur homeless companies system is already underneath nice pressure; and tragically, many households arrive in Washington, DC with nowhere to go, or they continue to be in limbo looking for onward locations throughout the United States.

“With pledges from Texas and Arizona to continue these abhorrent operations indefinitely, the situation is dire,” Bowser continued, “and we consider this a humanitarian crisis – one that could overwhelm our social support network without immediate and sustained federal intervention.” 

The Pentagon said DC has sufficient funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assist the migrants.
The Pentagon mentioned DC has ample funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help the migrants.
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In remarks on the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday, Abbott boasted that his administration had despatched greater than 6,500 migrants to DC. Ducey’s office indicated final week that 33 buses from Arizona had transported roughly 1,262 migrants. 

All of the migrants who’ve arrived on the East Coast have gone there voluntarily, since they’re permitted to journey throughout the US after being processed by Customs and Border Protection.

Usually, when migrants are launched from federal custody after crossing the border and evading expulsion, they’re given paperwork which allows them to keep within the US in addition to an order to look in immigration court docket when their circumstances may be heard.

According to Bowser, over 4,000 migrants from the border have arrived on 200 buses since April.
According to Bowser, over 4,000 migrants from the border have arrived on 200 buses since April.
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The Pentagon’s rejection of Bowser’s request additionally got here the identical day that Texas formally started transporting migrants to New York City. 

Abbott confirmed the primary bus, which carried greater than 50 migrants, arrived in on the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan Friday morning.

“Because of President Biden’s continued refusal to acknowledge the crisis caused by his open border policies, the State of Texas has had to take unprecedented action to keep our communities safe,” Abbott mentioned, calling the Big Apple an “ideal destination” for the migrants as Mayor Eric Adams has touted New York as a sanctuary metropolis. 

While Bowser and Adams have complained of the migrant inflow to their cities, Abbot invited the Democratic mayors to journey to Texas to see the border disaster first hand. 

“I really wish they would [come down] because public officials across the country, they do need to realize the magnitude of the chaos created by Biden’s open-border policies,” Abbott instructed Fox News Thursday night time. “They’re up in arms about a few thousand people coming into their communities over the past few months? Listen, in any one sector in the state of Texas, we have more than 5,000 people coming across [the border] in that sector every single day.”

“We’re full in the state of Texas,” the governor added. “Our communities are overrun, and I started busing people to Washington DC, when local officials could not handle the number of people that had come across our border.”

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