On Christmas Eve, three buses carrying recent migrants from Texas landed close to Kamala Harris’ house in the record-breaking cold.
The bus drop-offs are consistent with earlier acts by border-state governors to draw attention to the Biden administration’s immigration policy, though Texas authorities have not confirmed their involvement.
According to Tatiana Laborde, managing director of SAMU First Response, a relief organization working with the city of Washington to serve thousands of migrants who have been dropped off recently, the buses that arrived outside the vice president’s residence late on Saturday were carrying approximately 110 to 130 people.
Laborde said local organizers learned Saturday that the group would be in Washington before schedule after expecting the buses to arrive on Sunday.
There were little children among the passengers.
Despite temperatures around 15 degrees Fahrenheit, some people wore T-shirts (-9 degrees Celsius).
According to the Washington Post, it was the coldest Christmas Eve in Washington’s history.
According to Laborde, workers were prepared with blankets for those who showed up on Christmas Eve and immediately transported them to a nearby church in waiting buses.
A nearby restaurant chain provided dinner and breakfast.
Most new arrivals were on their way to other places and planned to visit Washington only temporarily.
An inquiry for comment on Sunday morning went unanswered by the office of Governor Greg Abbott.
His administration reported that Texas had provided more than 15,000 passengers with bus transportation to Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington since April.
Republicans Abbott and Doug Ducey of Arizona are vocal opponents of President Joe Biden’s management of the U.S.-Mexico border, where thousands of individuals attempt to cross daily, many seeking refuge.
Authorities on both sides of the border are looking for immediate assistance to set up shelters and services for migrants, some of whom are currently camped out on the streets.
Republicans claim that Biden and Harris, the administration’s focal point on the causes of migration, have loosened regulations that led many people to emigrate from their home nations.
While the former president Donald Trump’s administration likewise struggled with a rise in border crossings and once separated immigrant families and children as a deterrence measure,
Biden has reversed some measures while maintaining others.