Washington DC’s Mayor Muriel Bowser, for the second time, has requested the national guard be activated to assist in managing the thousands of migrants that have arrived in the area over the past few months. The Pentagon has denied her request.
Her first request, which was also denied, was on August 4th. Then seven days later, on August 11, she sent a second letter requesting 150 national guard troops “help prevent a prolonged humanitarian crisis in our nation’s capital resulting from the daily arrival of migrants.”
The influx of migrants is the result of Texas and Arizona governors busing a comparatively small portion of illegal immigrants from the southern border to New York and DC. On Friday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said, “Before we began busing migrants to New York, it was just Texas and Arizona that bore the brunt of all the chaos and problems that come with it. Now, the rest of America can understand exactly what is going on.”
Kelly Bulliner, who serves as the Defense Department executive secretary responded to Bowser’s request for national guard troops, saying the request would result in “diminished readiness.”
The letter stated, “The DCNG has no specific experience in or training for this kind of mission or unique skills for providing facility management, feeding, sanitation or ground support.”
She went on to say, “Approval of this request would also result in a substantial readiness impact to the DCNG. Devoting the personnel or the facility for such an extended mission would force the cancellation or disruption of military training.”