Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has rejected Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for National Guard assistance in getting her migrant problem under control. A spokesperson for the SOD said that the deployment would “negatively impact” the force’s readiness, The Daily Caller reports.
The rejection comes despite Bowser’s insistence that D.C. is facing a “humanitarian crisis.”
“The Secretary of Defense 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 DC 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 spokesperson 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,” the Pentagon spokesperson added.
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There have been over 3,000,000 migrants encountered at the southern border since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Recent monthly encounters have reached historic highs, surpassing 200,000 consistently.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has sent approximately 6,000 migrants to Washington D.C.
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