But was it turned into a newt? And did it get better?
The arrival of eight thousand or so illegal immigrants over the last five months have turned our nation’s capital into a “border town,” DC council member Brianne Nadeau declared today. And she didn’t hesitate to lay blame for the Beltway’s border crisis on … Texas governor Greg Abbott and Arizona governor Doug Ducey.
Who wants to tell her? Via my pal and colleague Julio Rosas:
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) September 8, 2022
The arrival of 8,000 migrants over five months makes DC a border town? Ridiculous, retorts Fox News reporter Bill Melugin. That’s not even a busy week for border towns in Texas:
A ridiculous statement.
Washington D.C., a metro of 700,000 people, has had about 8,000 migrants dropped off by the state of Texas over a span of 4-5 MONTHS.
Eagle Pass, TX, a population of 30,000, gets 10,000 migrants in a single WEEK.
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) September 8, 2022
Nadeau has no comprehension what Joe Biden’s border crisis has done to actual border towns and border states. Clearly, until now, she didn’t care either — and neither did anyone in Washington DC. Nadeau complains that the federal government hasn’t provided “resources” to DC, a complaint that apparently refers to multiple rejections of requests for National Guard assistance.
For this, Nadeau blames Abbott and Ducey for the “crisis” of illegal immigration. Nadeau doesn’t bother to connect the dots back to the real instigator of this 18-month border crisis — Joe Biden, who lives (mostly) in DC himself. If Biden and his fellow Democrats acted to dismantle the incentives for illegal immigration and took steps to seriously fortify the border, Abbott and Ducey wouldn’t have to spread out the impact of the massive waves of migrants.
Even more amusingly, Nadeau herself joined the sanctuary-city movement three years ago, and even called for the abolition of ICE. Nadeau also helped establish a legal services fund for immigrants, making the city even more attractive for the immigrant trickle she now decries:
The District is a sanctuary city, which means our law enforcement does not cooperate with ICE. As Councilmember, I have called for an abolition of ICE and wrote DC’s law to establish a permanent immigrant legal services fund.
Read full remarks here: https://t.co/D6hi9Tf24G
— Brianne K. Nadeau (@BrianneKNadeau) June 25, 2019
Maybe if DC cooperated with ICE, and maybe if DC supported real border security, the problem would go away. Just saying.
Beege will have more about the official response from Mayor Muriel Bowser later. In the meantime, let’s have a debate as to whether Abbott and Ducey weigh more than a duck or whether they float in water.