D.C. Mayor Declares Public Emergency, Allowing Her to Establish a $10M 'Office of Migrant Services'

Susan Jones | September 9, 2022 | 7:47am EDT
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Migrants who crossed illegally into Texas are dropped off within view of the US Capitol building in Washington, DC, on August 11, 2022. (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
Migrants who crossed illegally into Texas are dropped off within view of the US Capitol building in Washington, DC, on August 11, 2022. (Photo by STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - With more than 9,000 illegal border-crossers already transported to the nation's capital, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday declared a "public emergency," a move that will free up taxpayer money to deal with the influx.

The declaration allows Bowser to establish an Office of Migrant Services, part of the Department of Human Services, that will "provide support and services to non-governmental organizations."

"The District is allocating an initial $10 million to stand up the new office and support organizations working in the field, and we will seek reimbursement from the federal government," the news release said.

"With this plan, we are staying true to our DC values and building a system that will support a compassionate, consistent, and well-coordinated response,” Mayor Bowser said.

"This is a new challenge for DC, but I feel confident that if we lead with our values, and if we put the right systems in place -- which we are doing with the Office of Migrant Services, then we will lead a response that makes our community proud."

The Office of Migrant Services will coordinate the sanctuary city's response to the new arrivals by:

-- Meeting all buses and facilitating travel to other destinations;

-- Attending to the "basic needs" of people arriving in Washington, DC;

-- Setting up a system "distinct from the homeless services system, that is tailored to the needs of migrants and ensures the District’s response to this humanitarian crisis is consistent and well-coordinated.

More specifically, the Office of Migrant Services will provide support with "reception, respite, meals, temporary accommodations, urgent medical needs, transportation to final destinations, connection to resettlement services, translation services, and other needs as they are determined."

Bowser calls the migrant bus caravans, originating in Texas and Arizona, "a political stunt meant to get the attention of the White House."

Yes, that's what the caravans are all about, says Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who is also sending thousands of illegal border-crossers to New York and Chicago.

And if D.C. is declaring a public emergency to deal with some 9,400 migrants, imagine what Texas is going through with millions of them.

"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," said Governor Abbott in April when he announced that in addition to Washington, D.C., New York City would also be an "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."

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