D.C. officials say White House isn't doing enough to help city deal with migrants

January 30, 2023

According to Fox News, an estimated 2 million illegal aliens entered the country last year even as deportation have fallen to well below Trump-era levels. That influx has D.C.'s Democrat-led government panicked. 

According to the Washington Examiner, local politicians in the nation's capital have told the Biden administration that they need help handling more migrants.

"Sorely burdened"

City officials say the problem has been exacerbated by border state governors busing illegal migrants to Democrat-run sanctuary jurisdictions, of which Washington D.C. is one.

"Most of the migrants, my sense is somewhere around 90%, move on," Democratic D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson was quoted as saying.

"They have someplace else they want to go. We have been sorely burdened by the roughly 10% who don't have another place to go," he continued.

Mendelson insisted that social services in D.C. are being stretched beyond their capabilities due to the flood of illegal newcomers.

El Paso's migrant crisis

Yet as the Examiner pointed out, the scale of D.C.'s migrant problem pales in comparison with the challenges faced by border communities.

Whereas Washington saw an average of roughly 300 immigrants per day in September, El Paso, Texas’s official website states that it was being inundated with around 1,000 illegal aliens per day during the same time frame.

Still, Mendelson condemned the border states' bussing policy as "inhumane," saying, "I don't want to say that this is easy on the border states."

"However, they are border states. So the challenge is natural to them because they are border states. We're not a border state. This is being dropped on us by these governors," he asserted.

Mendelson went on to complain that the Biden administration has provided insufficient assistance, complaining, "We've gotten some assistance from the Department of Homeland Security. I don't think it's enough."

Texas governor refuses to stop sending buses

For his part, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has shown no signs of backing down. Abbott issued a statement in September which promised that the buses will keep coming until there is a change in White House policy.

"Texas will continue sending migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, D.C. until President Biden and Border Czar Harris step up and do their jobs to secure the border." he said.

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