DC Mayor Claims Migrants Are Being 'Tricked' Into Being Bused to the Nation's Capital


Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) is accusing officials in Arizona and Texas of deceiving illegal immigrants of getting onto buses headed to the city.

Bowser appeared on CBS News’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday and was asked about a report that said homeless shelters in the district were filling up as busloads of migrants were being dropped off in the city.

“This is a very significant issue. We have called for sure on the federal government to work across state lines to prevent people from really being tricked into getting on buses. We think they’re largely asylum-seekers or going to final destinations that are not Washington, D.C.,” she said.

The mayor went on, “I fear that they’re being tricked into nationwide bus trips when their final destinations are places all over the United States.”

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In April, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said the state would be “sending [illegal immigrants] to the United States Capitol where the Biden administration will be able to more immediately address the needs of the people that they are allowing to come across our border.”

Then White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the plan to bus migrants to the capital and if the Biden administration had plans to respond.

“I’m not aware of what authority the governor would be doing that under,” Psaki responded.

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She continued, “I think it’s pretty clear that this is a publicity stunt. His own office admits that a migrant would need to voluntarily be transported. And he can’t compel them to because, again, enforcement of our country’s immigration laws lies with the federal government.”

Roughly one week later, a bus carrying migrants showed up in D.C., and Abbott tweeted, “First Texas bus drops off illegal immigrants blocks from US Capitol in Washington, DC. Biden refuses to come see the mess he’s made at the border. So Texas is bringing the border to him.”

After the first bus of migrants arrived, a reporter from Fox News asked Psaki if the White House still viewed the move as a “stunt.”

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“Well, these are all migrants who have been processed by CBP and are free to travel,” Psaki responded.

She added, “So, it’s nice the state of Texas is helping them get to their final destination as they await the outcome of their immigration proceedings. And they’re all in immigration proceedings.”

Arizona has also bused migrants to D.C.

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