Pentagon Denies D.C. Mayor Bowser’s Request to Activate National Guard to Help With Illegal Immigrants
“We have determined providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members.”
The Pentagon denied DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request to activate the National Guard to help with the influx of illegal immigrants to the city.
A senior defense official on Friday told Fox News 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.
“We have determined providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members,” the official said. “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 has complained for weeks about the numerous buses from Texas with illegal immigrants.
Reuters reported Thursday that the comments and her requests had caused tensions with the White House. Officials had disagreed with her portrayal of a “crisis” — a word the administration has shied away from when discussing the border — and described her request as unnecessary.
A White House official told Fox News Digital: “We have had constructive conversations with Mayor Bowser and her team, and are committed to working with her and her team just as we do effectively with other local leaders.”
The letters Bowser sent to President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Austin cracked me up. I picked out a few classic lines in my post about the letters:
- “With pledges from Texas and Arizona to continue these abhorrent operations indefinitely…”
- “But the Governors or Texas and Arizona 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 migrant crisis facing our city and our country through cruel political gamesmanship from the Governors of Texas and Arizona must be dealt with at a federal level.”
- “Instead of rolling up their sleeves and working with the Biden/Harris administration on a real solution, Governors Abbott and Ducey have decided to use desperate people to score political points.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott invited Bowser and New York City Mayor Eric Adams to the border and see the border crisis in person. NYC and DC are major cities, while the small towns along the border are overwhelmed.
Abbott has invested a lot of Texas resources towards the crisis and asked the Biden administration for help.
Adams rejected the invitation, calling it a photo op for Abbott. I don’t know if Bowser said anything.
We all know why Adams and Bowser won’t go to the border.DONATE
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