Liberal D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser was unsuccessful in getting help from the National Guard to assist with the increase in illegal migrants after the Biden administration denied her request on Friday.
Bowser wanted the National Guard to help the city process migrants who are being bused to the capitol.
The Washington Post reports (emphasis added):
Bowser (D) expressed frustration at the federal decision, saying she would try again with a more narrowly tailored request for National Guard help with certain tasks related to the migrants’ arrival.
State governors can call up their National Guard troops without federal consent for a wide variety of tasks. But since D.C. is not a state, Bowser cannot activate the Guard without approval from the Department of Defense. She had sent a letter asking for the help last month.
Bowser faulted both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and the Biden administration for treating the busing of thousands of migrants who have crossed the Mexican border as a political issue, rather than focusing on the pressing needs of the people getting off buses with no plans for where they will sleep.
“I have done — regardless of Republicans in Texas or Democrats on Pennsylvania Avenue — what I need to do to run the city. And when we have a growing humanitarian crisis that we expect, that the federal government expects, is going to only worsen, I have got to deploy the resources that I need to handle it. And we need our National Guard,” Bowser said. “If we were a state, I would have already done it. I would have deployed the National Guard.”
The Department of Defense issued the following statement on the decision on Friday:
“We have determined providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members.
“We understand SAMU First Response has received grant funding through FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and has indicated that sufficient EFSP funds exist at this point to provide migrant assistance.”
Bowser responded after being informed that the Defense Department had rejected the request.
“When the mayor of the District says she needs or he needs … the D.C. National Guard to support the safe operation of our city, we expect a fair consideration,” she said.
Bowser responds to a question about the denial in the video below, at minute mark 24:54.
LIVE: Mayor Bowser Hosts Media Avail https://t.co/Je9q82dXR1
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) August 5, 2022
Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin has rejected a request from the District of Columbia mayor for the National Guard to help receive migrants bused to Washington, D.C., after determining it would hurt troop readiness. https://t.co/BZeVJDjV8r
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 5, 2022
Pentagon denies Bowser request for National Guard to assist in ‘humanitarian crisis,’ as migrants arrive in DC https://t.co/LEJT1WHvIV
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 6, 2022
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