DC Mayor Bowser declares public emergency due to migrant buses
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser is declaring a public emergency due to the continued arrival of migrant buses from Texas and Arizona. She’s also creating a new office of Migrant Services to help people with resettlement, provide meals, transportation and other assistance. She says the city is allocating $10 million dollars to start the office and will seek reimbursement from FEMA.
As Mayor Bowser ramps up the DC response, she’s hoping for more federal aid.
Bowser says: “Regardless of the federal response — which I think has been lacking in some respects — that the District of Columbia would continue to work with partners to advance what we need and ensure our systems in D.C. are not broken by a crisis that is certainly not of our making,”
The Mayor aims to have a 24/7 presence at Union station to meet all immigrants as they arrive and help them get to their final destination. 348 people are currently staying in DC hotels, including 94 families. Approximately 9,400 immigrants total have arrived since April. Most of them move on to another destination outside the city. The Mayor estimates hundreds more buses will arrive this fall. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.