Friday, August 05, 2022

Pentagon rejects DC mayor's request for National Guard to assist with migrants arriving in the nation's capital

 The Pentagon has declined Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser's request for aid from the DC National Guard to help with migrants entering the city by bus, according to a US defense official.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin rejected the request because the Department of Defense has "determined providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members," the official said.
Bowser told reporters on Friday that she wants to continue to work with the Pentagon to ensure political considerations "are not a part of their decision."
...The Democrat, who has served as the District's mayor under US presidents of both parties, alluded to the use of the National Guard during the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the US Capitol: "Having the experience where the use of the DC National Guard was politicized, that puts the District in unsafe territory," she told reporters Friday.
...According to the office of Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, more than 6,500 migrants have arrived in Washington from Texas on more than 160 buses...MORE

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