Texas Governor Greg Abbott has responded to Washington D.C.’s Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser deploying the National Guard to deal with an influx of illegal immigrants in the nation’s capital.
Gov. Abbott started sending busloads of migrants to D.C. after Texas became overwhelmed by illegal border crossers due to President Joe Biden’s unresolved migrant crisis.
As Slay News previously reported, Mayor Bowser requested the National Guard after D.C.’s homeless shelters started filling up with migrants who had illegally crossed the Southern Border.
Abbott said: “Washington DC finally understands what Texans have been dealing with every single day as our communities are overrun and overwhelmed by thousands of illegal immigrants thanks to President Biden’s open border policies.
“If the mayor wants a solution to the crisis she should call President Biden to take immediate action to secure the border, something he has failed to do.
“The true ongoing humanitarian crisis is along our southern border.
“The Biden administration is allowing historic levels of illegal immigrants, weapons, and deadly drugs like Fentanyl to surge into our state.
“Texas continues stepping up to respond to this crisis by deploying Texas National Guard soldiers and DPS troopers, building on border wall, busing migrants to our nation’s capital, and now sending illegal immigrants back to the border.”
NEW: TX Gov. Greg Abbott’s office responds to D.C. mayor’s request for National Guard assistance w/ migrants.
— Bill Melugin (@BillMelugin_) July 28, 2022
NBC Reporter Mark Segraves said:
“BREAKING: DC @MayorBowser requests @DCNationalGuard activated indefinitely to help migrant busses arriving in DC. Calling it a ‘humanitarian crisis’ that has reached a ‘tipping point’ with 4,000 migrants so far.
“Requesting DC Armory be used as a processing center.”
BREAKING: DC @MayorBowser requests @DCNationalGuard activated indefinitely to help migrant busses arriving in DC. Calling it a “humanitarian crisis” that has reached a “tipping point” with 4,000 migrants so far. Requesting DC Armory be used as processing center. @nbcwashington
— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) July 28, 2022
Mayor Bowser told reporters: “So we are very focused and we continue to be very focused on having the federal government do its part to take the lead in addressing what we see as a growing humanitarian crisis with people who are seeking asylum coming across the country to get their final destinations.
“We’ve had a number of discussions, we facilitated FEMA’s involvement with a $1 million grant that has now been increased to work with our nonprofit agency, we facilitated using those grant funds to set up a center in a neighboring jurisdiction and I’ve also asked the Secretary of the Army to deploy the DC National Guard to help lead that effort.”
DC's Mayor is calling to activate the National Guard as a result of an increase in illegal immigrants to the city. pic.twitter.com/GEbhXKnHa3
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) July 28, 2022
According to NBC:
Bowser said 4,000 migrants have arrived so far in a “humanitarian crisis” that has reached a “tipping point.”
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began chartering buses to send migrants to D.C. and other so-called “sanctuary cities” earlier this year.
Bowser requested the help of the National Guard in a letter to the office of the Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin dated July 19 and a second letter to White House aides dated July 22.
“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 the federal level,” the July 22 letter read.
Jean-Pierre: “Republicans are using migrants as a political tool.”
Doocy: “So the White House’s preference would be for small towns in Texas and Arizona to take care of these migrants and not DC.”
Jean-Pierre: “They are sending migrants to big cities as a political ploy.” pic.twitter.com/JGXkkzn79a
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 28, 2022