DC mayor asks for National Guard's aid with migrants, says city is at 'tipping point'

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(CNN)Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser is asking for assistance from the DC National Guard to assistance with migrants being sent by autobus from Texas, according to a missive obtained by CNN affiliate WUSA.

The mayor's bureau says the metropolis is present astatine a "tipping point."

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has been organizing buses to bring migrants to DC successful an effort to item his disapproval of Biden administration's migration policies. According to Abbott's office, much than 5,100 migrants person arrived successful Washington from Texas connected much than 135 buses.

    The archetypal autobus arrived successful mid-April, but metropolis officials and non-government organizations moving with the migrants -- who question voluntarily -- person been progressively acrophobic astir the gait of arrivals implicit caller weeks.

      The mayor's bureau is requesting to person the DC Armory, Joint Base Bolling, Fort McNair oregon different "suitable national determination successful the National Capital Region" into a processing halfway for the migrants. The determination invited halfway established to assistance the migrants successful Montgomery County, Maryland, is astatine capacity, according to the request.

      Abbott's bureau says that DC's petition for assistance proves his constituent astir the request for the White House to amended code its migration policies.

      "Washington, DC, yet understands what Texans person been dealing with each azygous day, arsenic our communities are overrun and overwhelmed by thousands of amerciable immigrants acknowledgment to President (Joe) Biden's unfastened borderline policies," Abbott's property caput Renae Eze said successful a connection to CNN.

        "If the politician wants a solution to this crisis, she should telephone connected President Biden to instrumentality contiguous enactment to unafraid the borderline -- thing helium has failed to do," Eze added.

        Bowser called for a national solution connected Thursday.

        "I've asked for the deployment of the Guard arsenic agelong arsenic we request the Guard to woody with the situation that we expect to escalate," Bowser said. "The fig of radical crossing the borderline seeking asylum we expect to lone spell up. And we request to marque definite that determination is simply a nationalist response, not an advertisement hoc, city-by-city, state-by-state response."

        Bowser besides highlighted the differences successful the concern successful DC implicit different states. "We request to inquire the President for the usage of our National Guard, which we cognize tin beryllium precise adjuvant successful these logistical matters."

        Dr. Christopher Rodriguez, manager of DC's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, said successful the missive that the concern is "unsustainable."

        "To beryllium clear, I admit the magnitude of this request," the missive states.

        "DCNG has been determination for our section assemblage for prolonged missions successful the past, astir precocious for the COVID-19 pandemic," Rodriguez added. "This humanitarian situation is nary little important."

        DC has already facilitated the assistance of the Federal Emergency Management Agency with a $1 cardinal grant, Bowser said astatine a quality league Thursday.

          CNN has reached retired to the DC National Guard. A Defense Department spokesperson confirmed the petition from Bowser successful a connection to CNN.

          "We tin corroborate that the caput of defence received a petition from the bureau of the Mayor of DC, but arsenic this is simply a pending request, we are not prepared to remark connected the specifics of the petition astatine this time," the spokesperson said. "The caput takes this petition for assistance precise seriously. He and his squad are moving done the details, and volition respond to the mayor's bureau arsenic soon arsenic a determination has been reached."

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