On Thursday morning, two buses carrying migrants from the U.S.-Mexico border arrived near Vice President Kamala Harris’ home in suburban Washington, sparking a fierce political debate over the Biden administration’s immigration policies.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been busing migrants out of Texas to communities with Democratic mayors as part of a political ploy this year, claiming that too many people crossing the border into his state.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has also adopted this policy, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has lately joined in on the fun. Former President Donald Trump conceived of it first.
“We’re bringing migrants to her backyard to call on the Biden Administration to do its job and protect the border,” Abbott tweeted Thursday.
Approximately two dozen men and women gathered outside the U.S. Naval Observatory in the morning, carrying transparent plastic bags containing their things, before heading to a neighboring church.
Harris’s office did not respond immediately.
After crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, asylum seekers spend time in a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility along the border until they are normally freed to wait out their cases in the United States.
Republicans believe Biden’s policies encourage migrants to flee to the United States, while Democrats argue that the Trump administration’s strategy of forcing migrants to wait out their asylum cases in Mexico was harsh.
DeSantis sent two planes full of immigrants on Wednesday to Martha’s Vineyard. Abbott also transported roughly 75 migrants to Chicago last week.
Last Monday, District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency due to the ongoing arrival of migrant buses.
The district had previously asked for aid from the National Guard to help halt a “rising humanitarian crisis” caused by the entry of thousands of migrants, but the Pentagon denied the request.