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Pentagon Denies D.C. Mayor Bowser’s Request to Activate National Guard to Help With Illegal Immigrants

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.

Ouch:

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.

Bowser’s rhetoric has “caused tensions” inside the White House, with the administration releasing a bland statement:

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.”

Well, Bowser wants DC to be a sanctuary city and donates a lot of money to groups that want to help illegals stay in America.

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.

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Absent the National Guard, perhaps Bowser (or NYC Mayor Adams) will now travel to border communities to see how leaders with problems an order of magnitude bigger deal with them. I won’t hold my breath waiting.


 
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Russ from Winterset | August 5, 2022 at 4:15 pm

The feds did the only thing they could have done in this case. If you send troops to a Blue city more than 1000 miles from the border, how many troops will you have to send to Red states like Texas or Arizona to stave off charges of political favoritism?

Mayor Bowser has an opportunity to solve this crisis and show everyone how the Democrats do it. I wish her much success.


     
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    fscarn in reply to r2468. | August 5, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    Wait, didn’t Adams and Bowser proudly proclaim that their respective cities were sanctuary cities and that illegals were always welcome?

    Now that they have skin in the game we find out what they’re made of?

    btw, Gracie Mansion has lots of empty rooms. And, Muriel, open up YOUR house.


 
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amwick | August 5, 2022 at 4:21 pm

NB
They are not migrants. Just stop.


 
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Peabody | August 5, 2022 at 4:36 pm

You can’t just ask for the National Guard. You have to plan ahead and clean out a parking garage for them to sleep in.


     
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    CapeBuffalo in reply to Peabody. | August 5, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    Why clean out the garage? They are soldiers and should be able handle hardship.


       
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      CommoChief in reply to CapeBuffalo. | August 6, 2022 at 8:18 am

      Are advocating that no planning for housing, feeding, medical care, water, hygiene is necessary and that Soldiers should just suck it up because the are Soldiers?

      That seems like a all inclusive pass on responsible and prudent planning. Moreover, it’s a volunteer Force. The Soldiers you deliberately mistreat will not reenlist, other Soldiers observing this mistreatment from afar might not either. Then there’s the impact on recruiting, why would anyone join up to be shit on?


     
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    r2468 in reply to Peabody. | August 5, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    Trump let them hang out at the Trump Hotel after he found out they were sleeping on concrete


 
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Ironclaw | August 5, 2022 at 5:15 pm

They didn’t have any choice, really. If they had given Bowser (wow, what an appropriate name…) what she wanted they’d have had to fess up that their lack of immigration enforcement is a problem.


 
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geronl | August 5, 2022 at 7:28 pm

What does she think the problem is? Isn’t DC a sanctuary city?


     
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    CommoChief in reply to geronl. | August 6, 2022 at 8:23 am

    That was a theoretical commitment. Now that the sanctuary pledge is becoming a reality with actual consequences they no longer derive cost free virtue. They now have to earn their virtue like everyone else.


 
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Dimsdale | August 5, 2022 at 7:41 pm

So they wouldn’t throw Bowser a bone. Boo hoo!

Maybe she should think before support and running sanctuary cities.

Be careful what you wish for. You might get it. And she is getting it good.


 
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DDsModernLife | August 5, 2022 at 9:26 pm

It’s 1700 miles from DC to McAllen, TX. Maybe Bowser thought that would be far enough to declare, “We’re a sanctuary city!” without actually being a sanctuary for illegal aliens.


 
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henrybowman | August 5, 2022 at 10:25 pm

“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 whole point of protesting is to make ppl uncomfortable. Activists take that discomfort w/the status quo & advocate for concrete policy changes…To folks who complain protest demands make others uncomfortable…that’s the point.”
–ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ

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