The Washington Post

Texas should fix its problem

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The request from D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) to the Defense Department for assistance from the National Guard with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) stunt of busing undocument­ed migrants to D.C. was concerning [“D.C. mayor wants 150 troops to help migrants,” Metro, July 29].

It strikes me that if National Guard assistance is needed, the Defense Department should consider activating a Texas unit to serve this humanitari­an mission. For the moment, Texas remains part of the union, and I’m a firm believer in naughty children cleaning up their own mess.

Donald Clabough, Meadows Place, Tex.

In the spirit of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) crowd-pleasing trick of sending newly arrived immigrants and asylum seekers to D.C., I suggest that D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) offer folks languishin­g in D.C.’S jail and others who are willing to go a free trip to Austin, where they can test Texas hospitalit­y and the low-tax, lowservice “opportunit­y” environmen­t that Mr. Abbott claims to provide his voters.

And since Mr. Abbott is all in on the Second Amendment, perhaps we can provide the travelers a pistol and an AR-15 for their personal safety and to help protect those already living in Texas.

William Hamilton, Baltimore

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