US capital requests National Guard — Analysis
The city’s “overwhelmed” mayor asked for help after Texas started busing migrants to Washington, DC
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser requested National Guard assistance to help with illegal immigrants being brought in from Arizona and Texas. However, the White House and Pentagon did not respond, according to a local outlet. Bowser complained the capital’s resources were “overwhelmed” by the arrivals.
Bowser requested assistance for the National Guard on July 19, in a letter addressed to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. According to WRC-TV, an affiliate of NBC, the second was dated July 22. It was addressed to White House. postedThe text of each. According to the station’s sources, no response has been received by either of these letters from the mayor.
In the first letter, Bowser notes that Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Texas Governor Greg Abbott followed through with their threat to start sending migrants caught crossing the US border illegally to the nation’s capital. Bowser protested that there were more than 4000 migrants in the region as of mid July. “the pace of arriving buses and the volume of arrivals have reached tipping points.”
“Our collective response and service efforts have now become overwhelmed: the regional welcome center we helped establish in Montgomery County, Maryland is at capacity; our homeless services system is already under great strain; and tragically, many families arrive in Washington, DC with nowhere to go, or they remain in limbo seeking onward destinations across the United States,”She wrote.
Bowser’s office asked for 150 DC National Guard personnel per day, “utilizing shift schedules to cover a 24/7 operation,”and transportation for migrants to the DC Armory “or another suitable federal location in the National Capital Region,”Fort McNair and Joint Base Bolling are examples. Their mission “would begin as soon as possible and continue indefinitely until the city relieves them.”
Governors of Arizona and Texas “are making a political statement to the federal government, and instead, their actions are having direct impacts on city and regional resources in ways that are unsustainable,”The mayor also added.
Bowser requested that in her second, July 22 letter. “cruel political gamesmanship from the Governors of Texas and Arizona must be dealt with at the federal level,”She asked again for National Guard assistance. The district will also use $1 million federal emergency grants for assistance, she said. “migrants seeking asylum in our country.”
Arizona and Texas both border Mexico. Both are run by Republican governors. Each state has complained of a growing tide of immigrants illegally crossing the border from Mexico since Joe Biden became president. A judge for one Texas county declared the following: “invasion,”It was reported that more than 3.2 Million illegal aliens had been arrested at the border between January 2021 and February 2021, while 800,000 were not caught.