Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a public emergency Thursday in response to Texas and Arizona sending buses of migrants to the nation’s capital. The emergency declaration allows Bowser to establish an office that will provide services to the incoming migrants, her office announced.
“We are staying true to our D.C. values and building a system that will support a compassionate, consistent, and well-coordinated response,” Bowser said in a statement.
The district plans to allocate $10 million to the new office and support organizations, and “will seek reimbursement from the federal government,” the statement said.
The Office of Migrant Services will help with reception and triage of the migrants, many of whom are expected to move to destinations outside of Washington, the mayor’s office said. It will also set up a separate system to coordinate Washington’s response, the statement said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, both Republicans, have sent thousands of migrants since April to certain cities — Washington, New