Border issues in the US became more personal when Texas’ Republican governor sent two busloads 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 remained four days after Harris, a Democrat, visited Houston and called the US 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 policy she has helped implement, even going so far as to claim the border is ‘secure,'” Abbott said.
“Texas will continue to send migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, DC until President (Joe) Biden and Border Patrol Agent Harris step up and do their job to secure the border.”
Abbott added that “the Biden-Harris administration continues to ignore and deny the historic crisis at our southern border, which has threatened and overwhelmed Texas communities for nearly two years.”
The women, children and men who were released near Harris’ residence did not know what was happening, according to Tatiana Laborde, executive director of the humanitarian nonprofit SAMU First Response.
“They knew they were on a bus in Texas, and they knew organizations were coming here to welcome them — as we have been, in partnership with other local organizations, since day one,” Laborde told NBC 4. “But they didn’t wait. to remain in this residential area for an even stronger political statement.’
Thousands of migrants, many of them asylum seekers, have been bussed from Texas and Arizona to the nation’s capital since April.
Harris on Thursday ignored reporters’ questions about the migrants who said they easily crossed into the United States. After giving a speech at the United Against Hate Summit at the White House, Harris went to another meeting at Blair House without answering reporters.
On NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Harris blamed existing problems in the nation’s immigration system on the border state, rather than the administration’s handling of the issue.
“The border is secure, but we also have a broken immigration system — especially the last four years before we came in — and that needs to be fixed,” she said.
“We have a secure border, in that it’s a priority for every nation, including ours and our administration, but there are still a lot of issues we’re trying to fix.”
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