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Biden’s Pentagon Refuses D.C. Mayor Bowser’s Request for National Guard to Deal with Illegal Immigration

President Joe Biden’s Pentagon has refused a request from Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) to activate the National Guard to help the city deal with illegal immigration.

Last week, Bowser requested the Biden administration activate the D.C. National Guard as she said the city is at a “tipping point” with a surge of illegal immigration triggered by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s busing border crossers and illegal aliens to Democrat-run sanctuary cities.

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According to Bowser, Abbott has sent more than 4,000 border crossers and illegal aliens to D.C. since April. On Friday, a Defense Department official confirmed to CNN that the federal agency had denied Bowser’s request to activate the D.C. National Guard.

CNN reports:

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin rejected the request because the Department of Defense has “determined providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members,” the official said. [Emphasis added]

Abbott has invited Bowser, along with New York City Mayor Eric Adams, to visit the U.S.-Mexico border to witness firsthand the record level of illegal immigration that Texas must deal with as a result of Biden’s expansive Catch and Release operation that continues enticing thousands of border crossers and illegal aliens every day to the United States.

Most recently, Abbott said he was looking at expanding on the Democrat-run sanctuary cities that Texas will send border crossers and illegal aliens to not only include Washington, D.C. and New York City.

“We are helping out these small local communities by sending even more buses to these communities and putting these new migrants on the buses and sending them to Washington, D.C.,” Abbott said. “And we’re looking at other cities to send them to.”

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on Twitter here

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Exclusive Footage: Migrant Bus of Mostly Single Adult Men, Sent by Texas Gov. Abbott, Arrives in New York City

NEW YORK CITY — A bus filled with mostly single adult male migrants arrived at Port Authority in New York City from Texas Friday morning — where they were greeted by volunteers handing out burritos — as Gov. Greg Abbott (R) continues dispersing record-breaking numbers of border crossers and illegal aliens arriving in his state to Democrat-run “sanctuary cities.”

New York City officials appeared to be unprepared for the migrants’ arrival, or at least lacked communication and coordination to receive them, as Port Authority did not initially have a gate for the bus to park, and Port Authority employees were not aware of the plan for arrival. The bus circled between 8th and 9th avenues Friday morning until it was finally able to park at Gate 14 at approximately 7:30 a.m.

“Because of President Biden’s continued refusal to acknowledge the crisis caused by his open border policies, the State of Texas has had to take unprecedented action to keep our communities safe,” Gov. Abbott said in a statement.

“In addition to Washington, D.C., New York City is the ideal destination for these migrants, who can receive the abundance of city services and housing that Mayor Eric Adams has boasted about within the sanctuary city,” Abbott said. “I hope he follows through on his promise of welcoming all migrants with open arms so that our overrun and overwhelmed border towns can find relief.”

When the bus arrived, Breitbart News witnessed passengers disembarking after a 3-day journey from Texas, greeted by a handful of volunteers. One volunteer was wearing a “NYC immigration services” t-shirt, but there did not appear to be any city employees present.

The greeters handed migrants a bag bearing the logo of the humanitarian aid organization “Save the Children”; however, there appeared to be fewer than 10 children among the group, and no more than 5 women. The rest of the 60-some passengers on the bus were single males between the ages of 20 to 40 years old.

The volunteers led the group through Port Authority, corralled them into the entrance of the bus station and handed out burritos. Some migrants were provided rides to other locations, but it was unclear where.

A bus filled with mostly single adult male migrants arrives in New York City from Texas as part of Gov. Greg Abbotts’ plan that buses border crossers and illegal aliens out of the state to Democrat-run cities. (Emma-Jo Morris/Breitbart News)

A bus filled with mostly single adult male migrants arrives in New York City from Texas as part of Gov. Greg Abbotts’ plan that buses border crossers and illegal aliens out of the state to Democrat-run cities. (Emma-Jo Morris/Breitbart News)

One migrant, a man who said his name is Alfonzo and who arrived alone, told Breitbart News he traveled from Venezuela through Mexico into Texas, where he was put directly on the bus to New York City.

He left his wife and children in Chile and explained that he came alone to America first and planned to bring them later. He does not have any family or connections in the United States and does not speak English. He came with one bag containing some toiletries and a pillow, and had 130 U.S. dollars.

Alfonzo told Breitbart News that now was a good “opportunity” to come to the United States, explaining that he did not believe he would be admitted under former President Trump’s administration, specifically mentioning that the wall along the southern border was an obstacle to entry. He said locals in Mexico accepted money to direct him toward the border.

Alfonzo said he was looking for work, but had never been to New York City or the United States. He did not have a place to stay and was not informed of any lodging services or resources.

Despite Democrat officials’ support for illegal immigration through their expansive sanctuary city policies, which shield illegal aliens from arrest and deportation from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a handful have warned that the migrant buses from Texas will overwhelm their city’s public resources.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D), for instance, has pleaded with Biden for “additional federal resources immediately” to deal with the illegal immigration surge. In another statement, Adams told New Yorkers to get “on board” with having their city overrun with border crossers and illegal aliens arriving and straining infrastructure, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods.

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“Everyone’s block is going to be impacted by this,” Adams said. “And so we have to add our advocacy with our ability to help our neighbors. We need everyone on board with this.”

“… our schools are going to be impacted, our healthcare system is going to be impacted, our infrastructure is going to be impacted,” he continued.

Adams’ office claims the migrant buses’ being sent to New York City is akin to using border crossers and illegal aliens “as political pawns,” calling the policy “disgusting.”

Gov. Abbott has issued a public invitation to Mayor Adams to visit the southern border, insisting the “sanctuary city” mayor witness “the magnitude of chaos created by Biden’s open-border policies.”

“I really wish they would [visit] because public officials across the country, they do need to realize the magnitude of the chaos created by Biden’s open-border policies,” Abbott said on Fox News Thursday.

“They’re up in arms about a few thousand people coming into their communities over the past few months? Listen, in any one sector in the state of Texas, we have more than 5,000 people coming across in that sector every single day,” Abbott continued.

Similarly, Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser requested National Guard troops last month to deal with what she called a “humanitarian crisis” of just over 6,000 migrants being bused to the capital from Texas since April.

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Bowser, a staunch supporter of the region’s sanctuary city policy, claimed the migrant buses were a “tipping point” for Washington, DC, even as they pale in comparison to the level of illegal immigration that American border towns are forced to deal with under the Biden administration.

In Texas border towns alone, nearly 130,000 border crossers and illegal aliens were caught crossing the border in June. Most recently, in the small town of Normandy, Texas — with a population of just 29 residents — about 400 border crossers and illegal aliens crossed into the area this month.

Emma-Jo Morris is the Politics Editor at Breitbart News. Email her at ejmorris@breitbart.com or follow her on Twitter.

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Restriction-Heavy DC, New York Report Highest Coronavirus Cases Per Capita in U.S.

Restriction-heavy Washington, DC, and New York are reporting the highest daily average of coronavirus cases per capita in the United States, Tuesday’s data found.

According to the New York Times‘s coronavirus data tracker, D.C. leads the U.S. in reporting the highest daily average of coronavirus cases per 100,000, clocking in at 279. Blue New York follows with 175 cases per capita.

While the majority of the country appears to be experiencing a winter surge in cases, both restriction-heavy areas are still reporting more cases per capita than Florida, which is reporting 113 per capita. The Sunshine State has never had a mask mandate in place, and Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and the state legislature took action this year, providing protections for workers who faced losing their job over vaccine mandates. 

Meanwhile, New York, once the U.S. epicenter of the virus, endured extended lockdowns and now faces further restrictions, as Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) recently issued an ultimatum to businesses. Under her rule, businesses either need to check the vaccination status of patrons or require masks across the board. While some counties have said that they will not comply with the rule, Hochul promised millions in assistance to those following her orders. Her office backtracked last week after the Democrat governor suggested that the state would also send state inspectors to provide “spot checks” for counties to ensure compliance. Her office later clarified that enforcement will be done “by local health departments.”

New York City, specifically, is under even more stringent rules thanks to Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is now mandating vaccines on private sector employees and requiring children as young as 5 to provide proof of vaccination in order to participate in basic activities, such as dining at an indoor restaurant.

In D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) recently reintroduced coronavirus restrictions as well, reinstating the city’s mask mandate yet again, which will last at least until January 31, 2022:

Additionally, Bowser is now forcing “all employees, contractors, interns, and grantees of DC Government” to be fully vaccinated and boosted, with “no test-out option” available.

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D.C. Mayor Bowser May Reinstate Mask Mandate Amid Record Coronavirus Cases

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) may reinstate the city’s mask mandate amid a record high number of coronavirus cases.

On Thursday, D.C. reported 508 new coronavirus cases, the highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic. Just a day later, that record was shattered when the nation’s capital recorded 844 new cases.

Bowser spoke to reporters at a press conference on Friday and did not rule out reinstating the district’s mask mandate to combat the rise in cases. D.C. currently has a mask advisory but no mandate.

It is the position of the District of Columbia [that] we have a mask advisory in place from the Department of Health that says everyone should wear a mask indoors during rates of high transmission; we are in a rate of high transmission, so everyone should be wearing a mask indoors. But that is on the table, as well as other interventions or other administrative responses that we need to be prepared for this phase of the pandemic

Bowser lifted the district’s indoor mask mandate on November 22, just two days before the first case of the omicron variant was reported. D.C. reported four instances of the omicron variant on December 12. Bowser said:

I will be having very in-depth conversations with my team today to see if we need to make any changes in our response. But no one should be surprised that in the winter months cases go up. They are going up across the country and they’re going up in places in the world.

Bowser recognized that the fast-spreading omicron variant would likely change the district’s health guidelines. “I expect that’s going to warrant some changes in course for us, around our emergency response,” she said.

“As we have always said through this pandemic … as it evolves, we evolve,” Bowser added.

Bowser also listed suggestions residents should take, regardless of their vaccination status.

“If you are feeling sick, you need to stay home. If you are going to social events, you might want to think if you need to go or not. Limit those events,” she added. “Stay in a closer bubble. Wear a mask indoors. That includes in public spaces and that includes in private homes and other settings where you’re not sure.”

President Joe Biden will address the nation on Tuesday about the increasing coronavirus cases and concern about the omicron variant.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki also said that Biden will issue “a stark warning of what the winter will look like for Americans that choose to remain unvaccinated.”

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