Defense Department Denies DC’s Request for Help with Migrant Crisis

The Defense Department has denied the Democratic mayor of Washington D.C.’s request for help with her city’s immigration crisis, according to a letter sent by the DOD’s executive secretary.

In the letter, Executive Secretary Kelly Bulliner Holly told D.C. officials that the department would not be sending National Guard members to support the city, as Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser had requested.

Holly wrote that the city should utilize the funding it had received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deal with its continuing migrant crisis.

“After careful consideration the Department has concluded it cannot fulfill your request,” Holly wrote to Christopher Rodriguez, director of Washington D.C.’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. “I understand a non-governmental organization, SAMU First Response, has received federal grant funding via the Emergency Food and Shelter Program by FEMA for this mission.”

“Notably this program supplements funding for humanitarian relief efforts by government and social service organizations for the purposes of providing shelter and supportive services to families and individuals,” the executive secretary added.

Bowser previously requested that the government provide her a “suitable federal location” for a migrant housing center, as well as send D.C. 150 National Guard members every day. The Democratic mayor claimed her city’s homeless shelters were being overrun by migrants who had been “tricked” into boarding buses from Texas and Arizona.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott instituted his state’s migrant-busing program earlier this year, after the Biden administration lifted a health order that had restricted the number of illegal immigrants entering the country.

On Friday, Abbott announced that Texas would begin sending buses of migrants to New York City, in addition to D.C. During the news release, Abbott claimed New York would be an “ideal destination” for the migrants.

“In addition to Washington D.C., New York City is the ideal destination for these migrants, who can receive the abundance of city services and housing that Mayor Eric Adams has boasted about within the sanctuary city,” Abbott said Friday.

“I hope he follows through on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms so that our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief.”