Washington, DC, board member Brianne Nadeau blamed Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right) and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (right) on Thursday for the migrant crisis in the sanctuary city, saying they ‘turned us into a border town “.
“So it’s been said, but it bears repeating, that the governors of Texas and Arizona created this crisis,” Nadeau said Thursday as governors sent busloads of migrants to DC from Mayor Muriel Bowser (D).
“And the federal government did not step in to help the District of Columbia,” she continued, as President Biden’s Pentagon denied requests to activate the National Guard to help the nation’s capital.
“So, together with our regional partners, we will do what we have always done. We will rise to the occasion. We learned from border towns like El Paso and Brownsville. And in many ways, the governors of Texas and Arizona have made us a border town,” Nadeau lamented. “We don’t know how long it will take to resolve.
“We don’t know how long they will continue to take the bus, and so the right thing to do here is to be ready to make sure that we can accommodate every bus, we can get people off on the right foot, we we can get them where they want to go, and that will ultimately help them in their immigration process,” she added.
His remarks come as Mayor Bowser declared a public emergency over migrants being bused in from Texas and Arizona. The statement “establishes an Office of Migrant Services within the Department of Human Services (DHS) and directs the Director of DHS to provide temporary services and supports to migrants arriving from southern border states.”
LIVE: Mayor Bowser creates Migrant Services Office https://t.co/T6NgFSResl
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) September 8, 2022
All of this comes despite the fact that Bowser is a longtime supporter of sanctuary city policies:
“I will not let the people of DC live in fear. The District is and will continue to be a sanctuary city.” https://t.co/L1IHuWhfE6
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) November 17, 2016
DC is a sanctuary city.
Obviously, the flyer is intended to scare and divide our residents.
We will not tolerate it. #DCValues https://t.co/aCf9ewJ8Ir
— Muriel Bowser (@MurielBowser) June 1, 2017
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) June 1, 2017
“Washington, DC is a sanctuary city. We protect the rights and humanity of all our residents, and our #DCValues and our local culture are guided by a celebration of diversity and inclusiveness. » #thread
See the full statement below ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/5a2FcRvVrK
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) July 18, 2018
According to Washington Post“More than 230 buses carrying nearly 9,400 migrants, including families with young children, have arrived in DC since Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) began offering free passage to the nation’s capital in April, with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) following suit in May.