DC homeless shelters are filling up with migrants from Arizona and Texas Mayor Muriel Bowser claims as she hits back at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for shipping migrants to the nation’s capital rather than to their final destinations
- Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has criticized the governors of Texas and Arizona for sending busloads of migrants to the country’s capital
- Claims they are to blame for the surge in overcrowded homeless shelters
- Comes in numbers amid the latest report showing migrant crossings fell for the first time in five months in May-June
- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began sending asylum seekers to DC in April, and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey followed suit in May
- Since then, the two states together have sent 4,000 migrants to the district,
- The migrants are reportedly volunteering for the trip under the false pretense that they are being sent to a third final destination
Washington, DC’s homeless shelters are filling up because Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is sending busloads of migrants from his state to the nation’s capital, Mayor Muriel Bowser claimed Sunday morning.
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ArizonaWashington Gov. Doug Ducey followed Abbott’s lead earlier this summer, when both began sending migrants from their respective states to DC to ease some of the burden of the migration crisis hitting border states.
Because of this initiative, the homeless shelters in the country’s capital are starting to end up with these asylum seekers.
“Now that’s a very important issue,” Bowser told CBS News’ Sunday morning program Face the Nation. “We’ve definitely called on the federal government to work across state lines to prevent people from really being tricked into getting on buses.”
“I’m concerned that if their ultimate destinations are anywhere in the United States, they will be lured into nationwide bus travel,” she added.
Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has blasted Texas and Arizona GOP governors for sending busloads of migrants to the nation’s capital and claims they are responsible for the surge in overcrowded homeless shelters
Comes in numbers amid the latest report showing migrant crossings fell for the first time in five months in May-June
Bowser said that the people who arrive in their city on these buses “are largely asylum seekers traveling to final destinations that are not Washington DC.”
Since April, Texas and Arizona have sent a combined 4,000 migrants to the district, with officials in both states claiming migrants voluntarily agreed to take the bus trip north.
However, it seems that participants in the trips may have felt that they would have an end destination other than DC
An asylum-seeking mother of two from Venezuela said WUSA9 She was told Thursday in Texas that she and her family would be sent to Colorado upon arrival in the nation’s capital, which never happened.
Another mother of three said a Texas official told her someone in DC was transporting her family to Chicago.
“But it was all a lie,” she said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott began sending asylum seekers to DC in April to transport the migration crisis to where lawmakers and the President would see it more clearly. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey followed suit in May
Since April, Texas and Arizona have sent a combined 4,000 migrants to the district, but they are reportedly volunteering for the trip under the false pretense that they are being sent to a third ultimate destination
While it’s unclear who is promising this assistance to bus passengers, nonprofits in the district claim they’ve heard similar stories from those posted outside of Union Station.
Bowser assured that DC taxpayers are not footing the bill for the growing homeless population with migrants from Texas and Arizona.
The latest comes as June migration numbers were released.
The drop to 207,416 Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encounters comes after four straight months of increases in the spring, with the highest-ever reading of 240,991 in May.
President Joe Biden has seen record high migration numbers as part of his administration’s policy, which progressive Democrats find too tough and Republicans far too lax, leading to the crisis.