The Pentagon denied a second request from Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday for assistance from the National Guard in handling the thousands of illegal immigrants flowing into the capital city.
After the Defense Department rejected Bowser’s first request on August 4, she wrote again the following week asking for 150 Guardsmen to be sent to Washington to “help prevent a prolonged humanitarian crisis in our nation’s capital resulting from the daily arrival of migrants.”
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Department of Defense executive secretary Kelly Bulliner Holly responded to that request in a letter sent Monday. Holly advised the mayor that the National Guard is not trained in the care of migrants and activation for the reasons requested would diminish the readiness of the force for its actual mission.
Holly advised that the guard has no specific training or experience in managing migrant facilities, feeding, sanitation, or ground support. The letter also said that granting the request would unnecessarily force the disruption of proper military training.
As part of Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, around 7,000 illegal migrants have been transported from the southern border to Washington since April. Another 900 have been sent to New York City in recent days.
Abbott said last week that before Texas and Arizona began busing the illegal border crossers to the blue cities, it was only their local communities that “bore the brunt of all the chaos and problems” coming from Joe Biden’s open borders policies. Abbott added, “Now, the rest of America can understand exactly what is going on.”
Bowser responded to the second denial from the Pentagon by describing the busing of migrants to Washington as a “politically motivated stunt.” She posted a tweet declaring that “the cities alone cannot fix” America’s “broken immigration system.”
She added that Washington will continue working with the federal government and local non-governmental organizations to “manage an ongoing humanitarian crisis.”
Abbott announced the beginning of Operation Lone Star in March 2021 as part of the state’s effort to handle the unprecedented number of migrants illegally crossing the Rio Grande who have been released into local communities by the Biden administration.
The governor said that since the beginning of Operation Lone Star, Texas law enforcement officers have apprehended almost 300,000 migrants and have seized around 326 million doses of fentanyl, each of which is sufficiently lethal to kill a person.