Three buses of immigrants from Texas arrived in Washington, D.C. late Saturday night, and one of them dropped off near the vice president’s house. Kamala Harris.
The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) is the official residence of the U.S. Vice President, and the Christmas Eve dropoff is the latest in several instances of Texas Governor Greg Abbott bussing immigrants. washington dc
According to 7News reporter Christian Flores, the migrants were helped by the Solidarity of Immigrants Mutual Aid Network and taken to a local church.
Governor Abbott began sending immigrants from border cities to the capital in April to pressure the Biden administration to take action on immigration enforcement and border security. This practice has been widely criticized.
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In a letter sent by Abbott President Biden On Tuesday, the governor of Texas cited freezing temperatures in cities like El Paso as a reason to transport migrants.
“As the polar vortex moves into Texas, your policies will leave many people in a bitter and dangerous cold,” Abbott wrote. I am carrying a heavy burden.”
Republicans also called the current border crisis a “catastrophe” for which Biden was solely responsible.
“This terrible crisis for border communities in Texas is a catastrophe of your own making,” he wrote. “The need to address this crisis is not the job of border states like Texas. In addition, the Constitution of the United States states that it is your job, Mr. President, to protect our nation’s borders, to regulate our nation’s immigration, to regulate our nation’s immigration, and to control our people. Please take shelter here,” he added.
Abbott also warned that the situation will only get worse if the federal government ends its Title 42 policy, which limits the number of immigrants allowed into the United States.
of Department of Homeland Security 9,000 to 15,000 immigrant encounters per day are expected when the policy ends.
Earlier this month, a bus from Texas carrying about 30 Nicaraguan immigrants dropped passengers outside Harris’ residence.
In September, buses dropped about 100 migrants outside their homes.
“Our supposed border tsar, Vice President Kamala Harris, has gone as far as claiming the border to be ‘safe’ and still looking to see first hand the impact of the open border policy that helped implement it. ,” Abbott said. At the time. “Texas will continue to send immigrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, D.C. until President Biden and Border Tsar Harris take a stand and work to secure the border.”
Earlier Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement discouraging immigration. illegal immigration The United States and immigration officials said they would be deported under Title 42.
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to fully enforce immigration and public health laws at our borders. They will be expelled or placed in accordance with the law. “With temperatures remaining dangerously low across the border, no one should put their life in the hands of smugglers or risk life or limb to try and get across.”
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“Anyone, regardless of nationality, who attempts to enter without authorization is subject to deportation under Title 42,” it added. “A person who cannot be deported pursuant to Title 42 may be subject to expedited removal and is subject to her five-year entry ban under Title 8 who has been ordered deported. America It will continue to be returned to Mexico between ports of entry and excluded from the Venezuelan immigration enforcement process announced in October. ”
“DHS continues to lead a government-wide strategy to secure borders and build a safe, orderly and humane immigration process.”
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The statement said 23,000 border agents and officers are working to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, and the federal government is working closely with the Mexican government to reduce human smuggling rings and bring perpetrators to justice. times.
“This cooperation includes expanded information sharing related to immigration checkpoints, additional resources and personnel, joint targeting of smuggling organizations, transit nodes, hotels, caches, and staging locations,” DHS said. increase.
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Abbott also bussed immigrants from Texas to Chicago and other Democratic-controlled cities in Philadelphia.
Fox News’ Patrick Hauf contributed to this report.