Democrat President Joe Biden has agreed to fill gaps in former President Donald Trump’s southern border wall after Washington, D.C. became overrun by the influx of illegal immigrants.
The Associated Press noted that Biden “pledged during his campaign to cease all future wall construction,” but now they are desperately looking to add some additional barriers because the border crisis has finally started affecting Democrat-run cities.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas authorized the closure of four massive gaps in the border wall near Yuma, Arizona, which has been decimated by Biden’s border crisis.
Part of the reason Biden may be making this a priority all of a sudden is because Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) is up for re-election and the absolutely horrid border conditions could make it very difficult for him to hold onto his seat.
But the major driver behind Biden’s shift on the wall is the fact that Washington, D.C. Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser had to call on help from the National Guard and the federal government to help her deal with the influx of illegal immigrants coming into the nation’s capital on buses from border states Texas and Arizona.
Bowser described the situation as a “growing humanitarian crisis” of “people who are seeking asylum coming across the country to get to their final destinations,” saying that Washington, D.C. would “continue to pursue federal involvement.”
“With pledges from Texas and Arizona to continue these abhorrent operations indefinitely, the situation is dire, and we consider this a humanitarian crisis — one that could overwhelm our social support network without immediate and sustained federal intervention,” Bowser wrote.
“We’ve had a number of discussions,” she said. “We’ve facilitated FEMA’s involvement with a million dollar grant that has now been increased to work with a lead nonprofit agency. We’ve facilitated using those grant funds to set up respite center in a neighboring jurisdiction and I’ve also asked the Secretary of the Army to deploy the D.C. National Guard to help lead that effort.”
Bowser added that she expects the “crisis” in D.C. “to escalate.”
“The number of people crossing the border seeking asylum, we expect to only go up, we need to make sure that there is a national response, not an ad hoc city by city, state by state response,” she continued.
Abbott responded on Twitter, writing: “D.C. is experiencing a fraction of the disastrous impact the border crisis has caused Texas.”
“Mayor Bowser should stop attacking Texas for securing the border & demand Joe Biden do his job,” Abbott fired back.
Over the past three months, more than 150 buses have reportedly transported over 4,000 migrants to D.C. from Arizona and Texas.
Abbott spokeswoman Renae Eze said that the nation’s capital, which is deep blue, “finally understands what Texans have been dealing with every single day, as our communities are overrun and overwhelmed by thousands of illegal immigrants thanks to President Biden’s open border policies.”