Just before 7 a.m. on Thursday, around 100 migrants, including men, women and children, arrived in two buses bound for Washington DC where they were dropped off outside the home of Vice President Kamala Harris at the ‘U.S. Naval Observatory.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right) announced the arrival of the buses and tweeted: ‘Texas will continue to send migrants to sanctuary cities like DC until Biden and Harris make their working to secure the border.”
This is in response to criticism of Harris saying the border is “secure”.
“Our supposed border czar, Vice President Harris, has yet to see with her own eyes the impact of the open border policies she helped implement,” Abbott tweeted.
Governor Abbott’s office said the majority of migrants on the buses came from Colombia, Cuba, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela.
Civil rights organizations like the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) have condemned Abbott’s decision and believe it is a political stunt before the midterms.
“It’s a cruel, unChristian, unTexan, unAmerican way to use human beings as political piñatas, which the governor, Governor Abbott, is doing,” said LULAC National President Domingo Garcia. “Using human beings as political pinatas to try to revive his base in Texas for his election.”
Garcia, who works in Dallas, was in DC for an event when he said he took a detour outside the vice president’s house once he heard the news of the migrant drop-off.
“None of them asked to be sent to Kamala Harris’s office, none of them asked to go to Washington DC, we believe they were deceived by officials there at the Eagle Pass, Texas border and told them they would be given housing, and transportation and in fact all they got was a one-way bus ticket to Kamala Harris’ house to be used as political pawns, it’s a political stunt and it’s one of the most grotesque political stunts I’ve ever seen,” Garcia said.
He said a religious group picked up the migrants and provided resources. Garcia said two people were taken to hospital, including a man with diabetes and in shock, while a baby had to go to hospital with breathing problems.
“They’re the ones they’re putting on the buses when they’ve already been legally admitted to the United States pending their hearing, so it’s terrible political theater and such an abuse of power and such a lack of respect for the dignity of these human beings,” García said.
Governor Abbott accuses the Biden-Harris administration of ignoring the border crisis, which is part of why he ferried thousands of migrants to other cities, including Washington DC, New York and Chicago, over the past few years. last months.
Garcia said he thinks there is a better way to deal with the problem without sending people to places with no resources.
“That’s why we need bipartisan immigration reform that fixes the flawed immigration system by playing the blame game and using people as political pawns, that’s not the way to fix it. Bringing children and families as refugees to Kamala Harris’ house doesn’t work.” Solving anything is just trying to score cheap political points at the expense of human beings and not solving the problem,” Garcia said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis flew about 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday, echoing Governor Abbott in his criticism of the Biden administration and the border.