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Statement from Mayor Bowser on the Migrant Services and Supports Emergency Act of 2022

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, in response to the vote on the Migrant Services and Supports Emergency Act of 2022, Mayor Muriel Bowser released the following statement:

“Today, we thank Councilmember Brianne Nadeau and the Council of the District of Columbia for moving forward our effort to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis facing our city. DC is not a border town, but we will not stand by and let the actions of those trying to create instability for people seeking a better way of life. With the establishment of the Office of Migrant Services, we stay true to our DC values by creating a framework for providing support to individuals and families while ensuring our homeless services systems continue to support our DC residents.

As I have said before, what our country needs is for Congress to fix the immigration system. We also encourage the Administration to fulfill the requests of cities and states that are receiving buses and planes with no coordination or notification from those sending them.

We will continue to work closely with the Council and our partners to make sure that we are addressing this crisis with empathy and the utmost respect for those impacted.”


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