While the Biden administration completely refrains from speaking on the ongoing Southern border crisis, that doesn’t mean it miraculously disappeared. Since Joe Biden entered the White House, states like Texas and Arizona have struggled with the hordes of illegal migrants making their way into America. Although the Democrats might act like the problem doesn’t exist, the Mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, is finally seeing the problem firsthand as she recently announced a state of emergency due to Texas Governor Greg Abbott sending close to 8,000 migrants to the District. The Republican also sent another 2,200 migrants to New York City as well. And while Washington D.C. considers itself to be a sanctuary city, the Mayor is now requesting the assistance of the National Guard.
Holding a press conference to discuss the plan moving forward and how she hopes to handle the migrants, Mayor Bowser also spoke with CNN, explaining, “We’re putting in place a framework that would allow us to have a coordinated response with our partners. This will include a program to meet all buses, and given that most people will move on, our primary focus is to make sure we have a humane, efficient welcome process that will allow people to move on to their final destination.” She added, “Regardless of the federal response — which I think has been lacking in some respects — that the District of Columbia would continue to work with partners to advance what we need and ensure our systems in D.C. are not broken by a crisis that is certainly not of our making.”
As can be seen in the video above, Mayor Bowser was sure to blame not the Biden administration for the crisis but Republicans like Greg Abbott. The Democrat’s announcement comes after the Pentagon rejected two requests for National Guard assistance. It should be noted that back in the summer of 2020, when riots raged in the city, the Mayor dismissed National Guard troops and even evicted troops staying in nearby hotels. But now, as she witnesses just a sample of what Arizona and Texas are dealing with, she had a change of heart.
Releasing a statement, Mayor Bowser’s office wrote, “the Office of Migrant Services will provide support with reception, respite, meals, temporary accommodations, urgent medical needs, transportation, connection to resettlement services, and other needs as they are determined.”
After blaming and criticizing the GOP for the results of the Biden administration, Mayor Bowser admitted, “With this plan, we are staying true to our D.C. values and building a system that will support a compassionate, consistent, and well-coordinated response. This is a new challenge for D.C., but I feel confident that if we lead with our values and if we put the right systems in place –– which we are doing with the Office of Migrant Services, then we will lead a response that makes our community proud.”