The District of Columbia, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked the National Guard to assist with the flow of migrants who are being bused to the nation’s capital from the states of Texas and Arizona. Mayor Bowser has reaffirmed this request.
In a tweet sent out on Thursday, Bowser, a Democrat, shared the news of her latest request. It came after the Defense Department denied her initial appeal for assistance from the National Guard. The department stated that the city already has sufficient funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has been given to nonprofit organizations in D.C. that can provide shelter and services for the influx of people.
In a tweet sent out on Thursday, Bowser said they need help from their federal partners as they seek to stabilize and manage their operational environment in this critical moment. On numerous occasions, she’s had the privilege of cooperating with members of the District of Columbia National Guard, and just today, they made a new request for their assistance.
She had asked the White House in July for an open-ended deployment of 150 soldiers of the National Guard each day as well as an “appropriate federal location” for a mass housing and processing center, noting the D.C. Armory as a possible possibility.
The crisis was sparked in the spring when Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced plans to send busloads of migrants to Washington due to President Joe Biden’s decision to lift a pandemic-era emergency health order that restricted the number of migrants who could enter the country.
Officially reiterating the previous plea for assistance, Bowser sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday.
She wrote, “As mayor of the District of Columbia since 2015, I have sought support from the D.C. National Guard approximately fifty times – to support our COVID-19 response, big events, and extreme weather.”
These demands, which have nothing to do with politics but are operational, have always been granted. It has been a privilege to serve with these brave men and women to maintain the security of our nation’s capital during these trying times, and I take my responsibility to honor their service whenever a legitimate mission-related request is made.