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Mayor Bowser Opens New Migrant Facility in Washington D.C. as Hotels Reach Capacity

Tom Handy

Mayor Muriel Bowser and migrants arriving in Washington, D.C.Photo byTwitter

Last year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott began bussing migrants to Washington, D.C. The governor wanted to show President Joe Biden what he and Texas were dealing with.

Governor Abbott has said he has sent over 9,500 migrants to the Capital.

On top of that, Arizona has also continued to transport migrants to Washington, D.C. This initially started under former Governor Doug Ducey and continues under newly elected Governor Katie Hobbs.

Last September, Washington, D.C. was struggling to manage the migrants who arrived. This caused Mayor Muriel Bowser to declare a State of Emergency on September 9.

The City was placing migrants in hotels but now these facilities are filled to capacity. Washington, D.C. recently opened a migrant clearing house. Specific details on the facility are still to be determined.

The migrant clearing house is located at the Salvation Army building on New York Avenue.

The Washington Post has made repeated requests to talk to the new clearing house director but the City has denied any communication with them. Additionally, they were unable to get answers from the Salvation Army.

Then a second clearing house is expected to open in future months, the location is still to be announced.

But Mayor Bowser gave some details on the clearing house and said on Monday:

“We will use it to service people who need our services. At this juncture, it will support our outreach to our, kind of, migrant services office.”

Sanctuary cities such as Washington, D.C., and others where migrants were bussed to have been on alert in case the number of migrants was expected to increase after Title 42 ended on May 11. The number of migrants crossing the border is not as high as expected but migrants are still crossing.

Do you think Mayor Bowser can provide support to current and future migrants?

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