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DOD denies D.C. request for National Guard help with migrants sent north by Texas

The Division of Protection denied D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for the Nationwide Guard to help with the inflow of migrants created by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s busing of migrants to the town, in keeping with a letter reviewed by NBC Information.

The letter, from the chief secretary of the Division of Protection, mentioned the town has adequate funding from the Federal Emergency Administration Company that has been given to D.C. nonprofits that may present the immigrants with shelter and different companies.

“After cautious consideration the Division has concluded it can’t fulfill your request,” Kelly Bulliner Holly informed Christopher Rodriguez, director of D.C.’s Homeland Safety and Emergency Administration Company.

“I perceive a non-Governmental Group, SAMU First Response, has obtained federal grant funding by way of the Emergency Meals and Shelter Program by FEMA for this mission. Notably this program dietary supplements funding for humanitarian aid efforts by authorities and social service organizations for the needs of offering shelter and supportive companies to households and people,” the letter mentioned. 

Abbott, a Republican who has been extremely important of the Biden administration’s border insurance policies, started sending migrants on buses paid for by Texas taxpayers to D.C. in April. On Friday, he started sending migrants to New York Metropolis as nicely.

In a Friday morning press convention, Bowser mentioned she has seen the letter and that her workplace could ship an amended request to DOD, doubling down on claims the town is overwhelmed. 

“When we have now a rising humanitarian disaster that we anticipate, that the federal authorities expects is barely going to worsen I’ve obtained to deploy the assets that I must deal with it and we want our Nationwide Guard.”

She added that as a consequence of the truth that D.C. will not be the ultimate vacation spot for a lot of migrants arriving to the world, the town additionally wants a web site the place NGOs can help these ready.

“In lots of instances they’re boarding buses being lied to about what’s going to be on the opposite finish they usually’re nonetheless not the place they wish to be,” she mentioned. “Now if the federal authorities’s not going to do it, they should no less than get out of our approach and provides us the assets that we want and our Nationwide Guard and a web site.”

Division of Homeland Safety officers say Abbott’s involvement has difficult their regular processing of migrants on the border, the place migrants are usually given notices to look in courtroom and pay for their very own transportation to cities the place they’ll attend their immigration proceedings. Normally, migrants select cities based mostly on the place they’ve members of the family or different sponsors with whom they’ll stay whereas they await a call of their immigration case.

A Protection Division spokesperson confirmed the contents of the letter and mentioned, “Now we have decided offering this assist would negatively affect the readiness of the DCNG and have detrimental results on the group and members.”

Didi Martinez and Dan De Luce contributed.

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