On August 5, the Department of Defense denied D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's request for the National Guard to help her with the thousands of illegal aliens that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has bused into the city since April.
Kelly Bulliner Holly, the executive secretary of the DOD, responded to Bowser's July 19 letter to the office of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin, writing: "After careful consideration the Department has concluded it cannot fulfill your request."
Holly highlighted the fact that the city already has access to federal funding through SAMU First Response, a non-governmental organization that has itself received funding via the Emergency Food and Shelter Program by FEMA. Responding to the language of Bowser's request that the influx of over 4,000 illegals constitutes a "humanitarian crisis," Holly noted that SAMU First Response "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."
In 2016, Bowser asserted that D.C. was a sanctuary city: "We celebrate our diversity and respect all DC residents no matter their immigration status."
Bowser's perceived inconsistency now in light of her concern over the recent influx of illegals has been the subject of some ridicule online in recent days.
While Breanna Morello suggested that the request for support by the National Guard might be tantamount to bigotry, Paul Szypula intimated that Bowser might be prejudiced against foreign nationals.
Abbott's office recently suggested to the D.C. mayor that this "crisis" is only a fraction of the disaster" unfolding at the southern border.
In April, Abbott — whom Bowser has since accused of engaging in "cruel political gamesmanship" — said of his campaign to send illegals to D.C.: "What better place for them to go to than ... closer to the people making these policies that are allowing people to come across the border illegally?"
On August 4, one day prior to the DOD's denial of additional help, Abbott warned that there are "more buses on the way."
Texas has allegedly sent more than 6,500 immigrants to D.C. and is now in the process of sending illegal aliens from the border to New York City.