The Pentagon turned down Washington, D.C.’s second request to send in the National Guard to help with the influx of refugees.
Kelly Bulliner, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Holly told D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) on Monday that a deployment could hinder the National Guard’s readiness and that the Guard is not trained to handle the situation, which has been fueled by migrants bused in from Texas and Arizona in protest of the Biden administration’s handling of the border crisis. After the Department of Defense initially denied Bowser’s request for National Guard assistance on July 19, he made a second appeal for help on August 11.
DC Mayor Issues Fresh Appeal for Aid After National Guard Request Is Turned Down
Holly wrote to Bowser, as reported by Fox News, that “the DCNG has no specific experience or training for this kind of mission or unique skills for providing facility management, feeding, sanitation, or ground support.” Military training would have to be suspended or canceled if resources were diverted to an extended mission.
In their rejection of Bowser’s initial request on August 4, Pentagon officials cited the city’s receipt of grant funding from FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program as evidence that the National Guard’s readiness would not be jeopardized.
During her second plea, Bowser emphasized that she was only requesting deployment for 90 days and argued that the National Guard could provide much-needed logistical support to help ease the city’s staffing woes in the face of the influx of migrants.
According to Fox News, Governor Greg Abbott’s office said that Texas has bused about 7,000 migrants to Washington, D.C. since April, and another 900 to New York City. Abbott has argued that this will help the “rest of America understand” Texas’s predicament as immigration levels rise at the border. The same thing has been happening in Arizona, with migrants being bused to the nation’s capital.
On Monday, Bowser slammed the move as a “politically motivated stunt, one that could very quickly lead to a crisis within our own systems” in a tweet.
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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was adamant that the city would work with NGOs and other federal agencies to address the migrant crisis, despite the Pentagon’s rejection. She also emphasized her support for DC statehood so that the mayor “has the ability to deploy the Guard” in the event of a future crisis.
She tweeted on Monday that preparations would be made to provide a “humane setting” for travelers passing through Washington, DC en route to other destinations. We will keep collaborating with federal partners and local NGOs to figure out how to manage an ongoing humanitarian crisis and implement effective systems.
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