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Greg Abbott tears into DC Mayor Bowser complaining that city's homeless are filling up with migrants

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 7/18/2022 Katelyn Caralle, U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com

Governor Greg Abbott's office claims that Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is only seeing a 'fraction of the disaster' at the southern border after she complained that her city's homeless shelters are filling up with migrants bused from Texas and Arizona.

'Border communities are overrun and overwhelmed, and Governor Abbott launched the border bus mission back in April to help provide support to these communities pleading for help where the Biden Administration is dumping migrants,' Abbott spokeswoman Renae Eze told DailyMail.com in a statement.

She added: 'With our nation's capital now experiencing a fraction of the disaster created by President Biden's reckless open border policies that our state faces every single day, maybe he'll finally do his job and secure the border.'

The response from Abbott comes after Bowser lamented Sunday of Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey sending migrants to D.C. under false pretenses that they will be transported to a third final destination afterwards.

'Well, this is a very significant issue,' Bowser told CBS News program Face the Nation on Sunday morning. 'We have for sure called on the federal government to work across state lines to prevent people from really being tricked into getting on buses.'

'I fear that they're being tricked into nationwide bus trips when their final destinations are places all over the United States of America,' she added.

Since April, the two states have sent at least 4,000 migrants to the nation's capital.

A spokesperson for Abbott (pictured) told DailyMail.com in a statement: 'Governor Abbott launched the border bus mission back in April to help provide support to these communities pleading for help where the Biden Administration is dumping migrants' © Provided by Daily Mail A spokesperson for Abbott (pictured) told DailyMail.com in a statement: 'Governor Abbott launched the border bus mission back in April to help provide support to these communities pleading for help where the Biden Administration is dumping migrants'

The goal, according to Abbott, was to bring the crisis to the doorsteps of President Joe Biden and other D.C. elite to elicit a stronger response to the southern border crisis from the administration.

Eze told DailyMail.com that 'Biden's open border policies have created an ongoing humanitarian crisis, with record-high illegal crossings and deadly drugs like fentanyl flooding into our state.'

In June, the number of migrants apprehended by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) actually decreased for the first time in five months.

Despite this, Bowser says that Washington, D.C.'s homeless shelters are filling up due to the increase of migrants in the city and she is requesting that Abbott and Ducey stop preventing migrants from getting to their final destinations.

Ducey followed Abbott's lead earlier this summer in sending migrants from their respective states to D.C. to take some of the load off communities in their states.

Homeless shelters in the nation's capital are starting to cap out with these asylum-seekers due to this initiative. 

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser blasted Abbott and Arizona GOP Governor Doug Ducey for busing migrants from their states to the nation's capital, claiming they are to blame for the boost in crowded homeless shelters © Provided by Daily Mail Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser blasted Abbott and Arizona GOP Governor Doug Ducey for busing migrants from their states to the nation's capital, claiming they are to blame for the boost in crowded homeless shelters Comes amid the latest report in figures showing that migrant crossings went on the decline from May to June for the first time in five months © Provided by Daily Mail Comes amid the latest report in figures showing that migrant crossings went on the decline from May to June for the first time in five months

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Bowser said that the people arriving in her city on these buses are 'largely asylum seekers who are going to final destinations that are not Washington D.C.'

Since April, Texas and Arizona have sent a combined 4,000 migrants to the District, with officials in both states claiming that migrants voluntarily agreed to take the bus trip north.

It now appears, however, that those participating in the trips may have been under the impression that they would have a final destination other than D.C.

One asylum seeker mother of two from Venezuela told WUSA9 on Thursday that she was told in Texas that she and her family would be sent to Colorado after they arrive in the nation's capital, which never happened.

Another mother of three said a Texas official told her that someone in D.C. would provide her family transport to Chicago.

'But it was all a lie,' she said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott started sending asylum-seekers to D.C. in April to ship the migration crisis to where lawmakers and the president would see it more prominently, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey followed his lead in May © Provided by Daily Mail Texas Gov. Greg Abbott started sending asylum-seekers to D.C. in April to ship the migration crisis to where lawmakers and the president would see it more prominently, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey followed his lead in May Since April, Texas and Arizona have sent a combined 4,000 migrants to the District, but reports claim they are volunteering for the trip under false pretenses that they will be sent to a third final destination © Provided by Daily Mail Since April, Texas and Arizona have sent a combined 4,000 migrants to the District, but reports claim they are volunteering for the trip under false pretenses that they will be sent to a third final destination

While it's unclear who is promising this assistance to bus passengers, nonprofits in the District claim they have heard similar stories from those posted up outside Union Station.

Bowser assured that D.C. taxpayers are not picking up the tab for the increased homeless population with the migrants from Texas and Arizona.

The latest comes as migration figures for June were released.

The drop to 207,416 encounters with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) comes after four straight months of increases through the spring, with the highest-ever in May with 240,991.

President Joe Biden has seen record-high migration numbers under his administration's policies, which progressive Democrats claim are too tough and Republicans claim are much too lax and leading to the crisis.

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