The White House reportedly pressured El Paso’s Democratic mayor against declaring a state of emergency over the Texas migrant crisis over fears that it would make the Biden administration look bad.

Three of the El Paso City Council’s eight members are urging Mayor Oscar Leeser to declare an emergency over the thousands of migrants who have flooded the city, the New York Post reported Monday.

Councilmember Claudia Rodriguez said Leeser told her the Biden administration directed him against issuing an emergency declaration.

“He told me the White House asked him not to,” she said.

Leeser has said that “if things got worse” he would declare a state of emergency, but he has not said what that would require.

Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas), whose district covers portions of the southern border, said: “It is a sleight of hand what the administration is doing — pressuring the local government to not issue a declaration of emergency, to say as if everything is going OK.”

Leeser declined an interview with the Post, but said in a statement, “I don’t bow to pressure from any side.”

Illegal migration is at a record high, and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol have encountered more than 2 million migrants this fiscal year, official data show.

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