Border issues in the US grew more personal as Texas’ Republican governor sent two buses of migrants to be dropped off outside Vice President Kamala Harris’ home.
More than 100 migrants arrived at the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, DC, early Thursday, Governor Greg Abbott announced.
The migrants from Colombia, Cuba, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela were left four days after Harris, a Democrat, visited Houston and called the US’s border with Mexico ‘secure’.
‘Our supposed Border Czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, has yet to even visit the border to see firsthand the impact of the open border policies she has helped implement, even going so far as to claim the border is “secure,”’ stated Abbott.
‘Texas will continue sending migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, DC until President (Joe) Biden and Border Czar Harris step up and do their jobs to secure the border.’
Abbott added that ‘the Biden-Harris Administration continues ignoring and denying the historic crisis at our southern border, which has endangered and overwhelmed Texas communities for almost two years’.
The women, children and men who were dropped near Harris’ residence did not know what was happening, according to Tatiana Laborde, the managing director of the humanitarian nonprofit SAMU First Response.
‘They knew they were on a bus in Texas and they knew that organizations were coming here to receive them – as we have been, in collaboration with other local organizations, since day one,’ Laborde told NBC 4. ‘But they were not expecting to be left in this residential area for an even-stronger political statement.’
Thousands of migrants, many of them asylum seekers, have been sent by bus from Texas and Arizona to the nation’s capital since April.
Harris on Thursday ignored reporters’ questions about the migrants who said they crossed into the US easily. After delivering a speech at the United Against Hate Summit at the White House, Harris walked to another meeting at the Blair House without answering the journalists.
On NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Harris blamed existing issues in the country’s immigration system for the state of the border, instead of the administration’s handling of the matter.
‘The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system – in particular over the last four years before we came in – and it needs to be fixed,’ she said.
‘We have a secure border, in that that is a priority for any nation, including ours and our administration, but there are still a lot of problems we are trying to fix.’
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