The Department of Defense spurned Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for assistance from the district’s National Guard in handling an influx of migrants from Arizona and Texas — which she recently labeled a “humanitarian crisis,” according to multiple reports.
“After careful consideration the Department has concluded it cannot fulfill your request,” Pentagon executive secretary Kelly Bulliner Holly wrote to Christopher Rodriguez, director of DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, according to NBC News.
The DOD argued that nation’s capital already has sufficient funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to house and otherwise assist arriving migrants.
“I understand a non-Governmental Organization, SAMU First Response, has received federal grant funding via the Emergency Food and Shelter Program by FEMA for this mission,” Holly’s letter continued.
“Notably this program supplements funding for humanitarian relief efforts by government and social service organizations for the purposes of providing shelter and supportive services to families and individuals.”
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Source: NY Post