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The Department of Defense on Friday denied Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for 150 National Guard troops amid, what she called, a “humanitarian crisis,” as an influx of migrants arrived in the nation’s capital.
Bowser, last week, requested that the D.C. National Guard help with the thousands of migrants arriving to Union Station in Washington D.C., and requested that the D.C. Armory be used as a processing center.
The article goes on to state the following:
A senior defense official told Fox News Friday that Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin “has declined to approve the DCHSEMA request for DCNG to provide personnel and the DC Armory to assist the NGO, SAMU First Response, with transportation and reception of migrants arriving in the D.C. area.
The official said, “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.”
Last week Bowser said, “We are focused, and we continue to be very focused on having the federal government do its part and take the lead in what we see as a growing humanitarian crisis with people who are seeking asylum coming across the country to get to their final destinations.”
CNN reporter Priscilla Alvarez tweeted Friday, The Pentagon declined Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for aid from the DC National Guard to help with migrants entering the city by bus from Texas, @barbarastarrcnn reports. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin rejected the request because the DoD has ‘determined providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members,’ per an official.”
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin rejected the request because the DoD has “determined providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members,” per an official.
— Priscilla Alvarez (@priscialva) August 5, 2022
Breaking: the Pentagon denies DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for National Guard assistance to handle the influx of migrants been bussed in from Texas https://t.co/oTEEIB5R0y
— Jim Lokay (@LokayFOX5) August 5, 2022
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 5, 2022
Pentagon denies Bowser request for National Guard to assist in ‘humanitarian crisis,’ as migrants arrive in DC https://t.co/MdOTXanh14
— Chris 🇺🇸 (@Chris_1791) August 5, 2022
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