Another 50 migrants arrived in front of Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence in Washington, DC, on Saturday, days after two buses carrying asylum seekers arrived at her Naval Observatory from Texas earlier this week.
Texas Governor Press Secretary Renae Eze confirms to TBEN News that 50 migrants were dropped off Saturday at the residence of the vice president of the Marine Observatory after a long bus ride from El Paso, Texas.
Abbott said he sent two buses carrying migrants to Harris’s home on Thursday.
“We are sending migrants to her backyard to call on the Biden administration to do its job” & secure the border,” he tweeted at the time.
Abbott and other Republican leaders from border states have been sending migrants to Democrat-run cities for months, calling it a protest against President Joe Biden’s immigration policies amid an influx of migrants on the southern border.
Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis escalated the plan this week by dropping off about 100 migrants in front of Harris’s Washington home and on Martha’s Vineyard, the island just south of Cape Cod where former President Barack Obama used to live. has a home.
The actions sparked national attention and outrage from the White House and Democrats, who said lawmakers were using migrants as political pawns. Republicans welcomed the move, arguing that the Biden administration should do more to secure the border.
Some Democratic lawmakers said they had received no advance warning that the migrants would arrive.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker said the state has since offered voluntary transport of the migrants from Martha’s Vineyard to temporary shelters at Joint Base Cape Cod.
A Venezuelan immigrant, Victor, told TBEN News’ Armando Garcia that he was there when someone asked migrants to put their names on a list to get a seat on the plane. He didn’t apply because the offer sounded too suspicious and didn’t fit with his plans to eventually move to New York City.
Victor said he feels sorry for the people who have been duped into taking those flights, but he understands why they took that risk.
“It’s complicated because they tell you you have everything you want, but when they arrived, people were basically lost,” he said.
The White House said FEMA administrators met with city officials on the ground to coordinate available federal aid, but largely dodged questions about how to improve the immigration system — arguing they have a broken Trump administration process inherited.
President Joe Biden criticized the migrant drop-offs as “just wrong”.
“It’s un-American, it’s reckless, and we have a process in place to manage migrants at the border,” he said at a gala for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. “We are working to make sure it is safe, orderly and humane. Republican officials should not interfere in that process by performing these political stunts.”
DeSantis also said Friday that there would be more migraine drop-offs.
“I’ve got $12 million for us to use and so we’re going to use it and you’re going to see more and more. I’m going to make sure we use up all those funds,” he said at a news conference.
Quinn Owen of TBEN News contributed to this report.