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White House accuses Republicans of political theater as immigrants arrive in Washington

The White House on Thursday accused Republican governors of utilizing unlawful immigrants as a “political pawn” as Washington, D.C., strains from scores of unlawful immigrants being bused in from pink border states.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser requested National Guard help to handle the greater than 4,000 migrants she says have been bused to town from Texas and Arizona.

In a July 22 letter to the White House, Ms. Bowser mentioned the flood of migrants was a outcome of “cruel political gamesmanship” by Republican Govs, Greg Abbot and Doug Ducey, of Texas and Arizona respectively.

“Our ability to assist people in need at this scale is very limited. Instead of rolling up their sleeves and working with the Biden/Harris Administration on a real solution, Governors Abbot and Ducey have decided to use desperate people to score political points,” Ms. Bowser wrote.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mentioned the White House has been in “regular touch” with Ms. Bowser and her workforce, however wouldn’t weigh in on whether or not the National Guard could be activated as requested, and referred inquiries to the Pentagon.

But she echoed Ms. Bowser’s feedback, calling the Republican governors’ techniques “shameful.”

“They are sending migrants to big cities on purpose using them as a political ploy,” she mentioned. “Republicans are using migrants as a political tool. That is shameful and that is just wrong.”

“There is a legal process in place and they should follow it,” she mentioned.

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