The crisis at the border is moving to the nation’s capital as DC immigration numbers continue to grow. Mayor Muriel Bowser calls the migrant surge a “growing humanitarian crisis,” and has reached out to the White House, asking for the National Guard to assist. However, that request was denied and now the Democratic leader is struggling to find a way to deal with the thousands of illegal immigrants being bussed in from southern border states.
DC Immigration Woes
Bowser wanted 150 servicemen per day to deal with the influx of migrants from Arizona and Texas. A senior defense official told Fox News that the appeal for aid was rejected because “We have determined providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members.”
The mayor acknowledged that the city was able to secure a $1 million grant so that FEMA could set up a “respite center” that would help house some of the migrants, and the defense official cited this as part of the reason for denying troops: “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.”
Republican Governors Greg Abbott (TX) and Doug Ducey (AZ) warned that if something wasn’t done to stem the flood of illegals across the border, they would send them to DC, citing as a reason President Joe Biden’s decision to end the Title 42 health order that restricted migrants from crossing in the US.
DC immigration numbers show nearly 200 busses have delivered thousands of immigrants to Union Station so far. Around 5,200 people have been bused from Texas to the capital as of mid-July, and more than 1,300 have been sent from Arizona since May (as of August 3). According to the state officials, moving the immigrants to DC gets them closer to their families and assistance, and some have even started going to New York. But Bowser, in a letter to the White House, accused the southern governors of “cruel political gamesmanship,” saying they had “decided to use desperate people to score political points.”
During a press conference on July 18, Bowser said: “We know we have a federal issue that demands a federal response.” She argued that there just aren’t enough resources to support so many people and that the situation is only going to continue to grow as more arrive seeking asylum.
Did They Bring It Upon Themselves?
The DC immigration “crisis” is considered by some to be a result of Democrats’ refusal to help stem the flood of migrants into southern states. After Biden reversed most of former-President Donald Trump’s policies, the nation was hit with a massive surge of undocumented people.
As Liberty Nation reported, in March last year, a small town in Arizona was flooded with migrants bussed in from the border. The mayor, Chris Riggs, said the town didn’t have resources for so many. “Border Patrol let us know that they were going to be dropping migrants that had been detained for 72 hours in our town,” he said, “which we really didn’t understand because we have nothing here.” The mayor said they did not receive help from the federal or state governments and that “We have no charity organizations that can help, no non-governmental organizations that a lot of the larger cities and towns do have to assist these people.”
In Texas, Gov. Abbott hosted a Border Security Summit in June 2021 to discuss the immigration crisis, and in October, he held another gathering with Republican governors to discuss a ten-point plan to deal with the overwhelming number of illegals crossing over into the US. Republican leaders had pleaded with the White House for assistance in developing procedures, but they never received a response. Vice President Kamala Harris is in charge of addressing the “root causes” of immigration, but most polls suggest the American people don’t believe she’s accomplishing anything.
Now that Arizona and Texas are transporting thousands of migrants to DC, Democrats have something to say: “Not in my backyard.” While the problem was ignored by the White House and blue state officials as long as it stayed along the border, the seriousness has become a “crisis” and a federal problem now that the problem is much closer to home. Bowser is determined to get help from the government, claiming:
“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.”
According to Democrats, the Republicans are just making things worse. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, during a press conference last week, bellowed:
“There is a process in place for managing migrants at the border; this is not it — what they’re doing currently. That includes expelling migrants as required by court order under Title 42, transferring them to ICE custody, or placing them in the care of local NGOs as they await further processing … Again, so what Republicans are doing, the way that they’re meddling in the process and using migrants as a political pawn, is just wrong.”