The nation’s capital has long held itself out as a haven for illegal immigrants, with Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowers declaring in 2016 that her administration welcomes “all DC residents no matter their immigration status.”
However, attitudes appear to be shifting among the city’s Democratic elite, with one liberal councilwoman slamming Republican governors for turning her city “into a border town.”
Local leader blames migrant crisis on Texas and Arizona
Fox News reported that Brianne Nadeau made the remark at a press conference last week. Her words came in response to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey busing illegal migrants to Washington as well as other sanctuary cities.
“So, it’s been said, but it’s worth reiterating, that the governors of Texas and Arizona have created this crisis,” Fox News quoted Nadeau as saying.
“And, the federal government has not stepped up to assist the District of Columbia. So we, along with our regional partners, we’ll do what we’ve always done. We’ll rise to the occasion,” Nadeau insisted.
“We’ve learned from border towns, like El Paso and Brownsville. And, in many ways, the governors of Texas and Arizona have turned us into a border town,” she alleged.
Official complains about illegal immigrants despite calling for abolition of ICE
Nadeau’s complaints are curious given that she has long boasted of the District of Columbia’s sanctuary status and has publicly called for the abolition of ICE.
The District is a sanctuary city, which means our law enforcement does not cooperate with ICE. As Councilmember, I have called for an abolition of ICE and wrote DC’s law to establish a permanent immigrant legal services fund.
Read full remarks here: https://t.co/D6hi9Tf24G
— Brianne K. Nadeau (@BrianneKNadeau) June 25, 2019
Fox News contributor Marc Thiessen pushed back on Nadeau’s assertions, saying, “Joe Biden created this crisis. He created this crisis by getting rid of the Remain in Mexico policy.”
“He created this crisis by getting rid of these safe third country agreements with the Central American countries that required migrants to apply for asylum in the first safe country they reach,” Thiessen pointed out.
“He created this crisis by eliminating deportations, and he’s making the crisis worse by pushing to get rid of Title 42. All the governors of Texas and Arizona are doing is saying we’re not going to bear this burden alone.”