May 19, 2024
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser says her city does not have the "infrastructure" to handle the sudden influx of immigration because it is not a "border town" or state.

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser says her city does not have the “infrastructure” to handle the sudden influx of immigration because it is not a “border town” or state.

The Democratic mayor addressed the recent buses of immigrants that went from Texas to the Naval Observatory, the home of Vice President Kamala Harris, on an order from Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX).

“We’re not a border town,” Bowser told reporters. “We don’t have an infrastructure to handle this type of and level of immigration to our city. … We’re not Texas.”

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Bowser, who declared a “public health emergency” in the city last week in response to the immigration crisis, said the city was creating a coordinated plan to process the immigrants.

“Given that most people will move on, our primary focus is to make sure we have a humane, efficient, welcome process that will allow people to move on to their final destination,” Bowser said last week.

Bowser also opened an office to respond to the large increase of immigrants in the declaration and has unsuccessfully lobbied for National Guard logistical support.

Abbott, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), and Gov. Doug Ducey (R-AZ) have increased their efforts of sending immigrants from the southern border to “sanctuary cities.”

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The Texas governor has transported 7,900 immigrants to Washington since April and over 2,200 immigrants to New York City since August as part of “Operation Lone Star,” according to data from Abbott’s office. Recently, Texas added Chicago to the destination list, sending more than 300 immigrants to the city.

Bowser also slammed Abbott, decrying the busing gambit as “a politically motivated stunt.”

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