Washington, D.C.’s mayor has requested assistance from the National Guard to manage more than 4,000 migrants.
Mayor Muriel Bowser said they need the assistance of the National Guard calling the situation, a “humanitarian crisis”.
The request was made after Texas Governor Greg Abbott began bringing migrants to the nation’s capital.
Republicans have blamed US President Joe Biden’s administration after a record number of unauthorized border crossings occurred in May.
The White House has yet to respond on the issue but according to an unnamed source with knowledge of the situation, Bowser had been working with senior Biden aide Julie Chavez Rodriguez.
According to data from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, there were 73 migrants including 13 children that were found to be living in stash houses operated by human smugglers in DC.
The mayor of New York City has also requested assistance from the federal government as 4,000 asylum seekers have entered the city’s network of homeless shelters since late May.
Mayor Eric Adams said this is the time for everyone to have “all hands on deck” to address the humanitarian crisis.
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