According to reports, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., has asked that the D.C. National Guard be mobilized perpetually to deal with migrant buses that arrive in the district.
More than 150 buses from Arizona and Texas have brought close to 4,000 migrants to the nation’s capital over the past three months, prompting the request for permission to utilize the D.C. Armory, a multifunctional stadium east of the Capitol Building, as a processing center, according to The Washington Examiner.
On July 19 and July 22, respectively, Bowser and the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency issued letters to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and President Joe Biden. According to NBC, neither letter has received a response.
BREAKING: DC @MayorBowser requests @DCNationalGuard activated indefinitely to help migrant busses arriving in DC. Calling it a “humanitarian crisis” that has reached a “tipping point” with 4,000 migrants so far. Requesting DC Armory be used as processing center. @nbcwashington
— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) July 28, 2022
“The pace of arriving buses and the volume of arrivals have reached tipping points,” Bowser wrote. “Our collective response and service efforts have now become overwhelmed. … Tragically, many families arrive in Washington, DC with nowhere to go, or they remain in limbo seeking onward destinations across the United States.”
Since mid-April, it’s estimated that over 125 buses have transported around 4,800 migrants have been driven nearly 2,000 miles to Washington from Texas border towns like the Rio Grande Valley, Del Rio, Uvalde, and Eagle Pass by more than 125 buses.
According to spokesperson Morgan Carr, Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) started a similar campaign in the middle of May and has since had 27 buses transport more than 1,000 people from the border to Washington, D.C.
D.C. officials, like Bowser, have criticized the action, stating that immigrants are being “tricked” into traveling further than they had meant.
“With pledges from Texas and Arizona to continue these abhorrent operations indefinitely, the situation is dire, and we consider this a humanitarian crisis — one that could overwhelm our social support network without immediate and sustained federal intervention,” Bowser wrote.