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Pentagon denies DC plea for National Guard migrant help

6 days ago   |   By Bésame

By Lolita C. Baldor | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon rejected a request from the District of Columbia seeking National Guard assistance in what the mayor has called a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by thousands of migrants being bused to the city from two southern states.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin declined to provide Guard personnel and the use of the D.C. Armory to assist with the reception of migrants into the city, according to U.S. defense officials. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday that the district may send an amended, “more specific” request, adding that she...
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Lloyd Austin disapproves of D.C. mayor's request for National Guard help in receiving migrants into Washington, D.C

6 days ago   |   By Bésame

After deciding that it would compromise troop readiness, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin turned down the mayor of the District of Columbia's request for the National Guard to assist in receiving migrants bused into Washington, D.C.
According to the Pentagon, granting the requested help would have a severe impact on the D.C. National Guard's readiness and badly affect the guard and its personnel, a U.S. defense official said in a statement.
According to the statement, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had asked the guard to assist the nonprofit SAMU First Response “with transportation and reception...
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