Busloads of immigrants arrive at Kamala Harris’ home on Christmas Eve

WASHINGTON — More than a hundred immigrants flocked to the home of Vice President Kamala Harris Saturday evening, one of the chilliest Christmas Eves on record in the capital, the Mutual Aid Group said.

Volunteers expected three buses with about 130 migrants to arrive in New York on Christmas Day, but due to road closures and harsh conditions, the buses were diverted to the Washington area, said Madhvi Paul, an organizer with the Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network.

The migrants arrived in Washington after a 36-hour journey, some wearing little more than a T-shirt or a light blanket, Ms Ball added. The Mutual Aid Group helped coordinate travel and housing for the migrants and provided food, coats, shoes and other warm clothing to combat temperatures that plunged below 20 degrees.

The mutual aid group said the buses were dispatched by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, following a directive from Gov. Greg Abbott’s office. For comment, Mr. Abbott’s office did not immediately respond.

“They have been doing it for months; It’s all for show,” Ms Paul said of the governor’s office. “Cruelty is the key. Using people in this manner for political reasons is very bad,” he said.

All three buses appeared to have been dispatched recently Republican governors The southern border went to Democratic-led cities, and many of the migrants were not dropped off near Ms. Harris’s home at the Naval Observatory.

Mr. Abbott announced the start of the government Hire buses In April, Washington sent a political message to places like New York and Chicago and lifted some of the pressure from record levels of immigration.

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In A letter To President Biden last week, Mr. Abbott has criticized the president’s border policies and said immigration is putting migrants “at risk of freezing to death on city streets.”

“Texas is burdened with a loose burden by your open border policies,” he wrote. “The need to address this crisis is not the job of border states like Texas.”

Mr. Abbott’s concerns include lifting Title 42, a pandemic-era public health policy that allowed for the rapid deportation of immigrants.

There were thousands of migrants Waiting at the Texas border on Wednesday, when the policy expires, bringing an expected surge in border crossings. However, the Supreme Court Ordered to delay The end date of the policy will keep the health order for at least several more days.

The White House condemned the busload of migrants to Washington in a statement on Christmas Day.

“Governor Abbott abandoned children on the side of the road in sub-freezing temperatures on Christmas Eve without coordinating with any federal or local authorities,” White House spokesman Abdullah Hassan said. “It was a cruel, dangerous and disgraceful stunt.”

While the administration has repeatedly said it is willing to work with both parties on border security and immigration reform, Mr. Hasan said.

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