Gov. Greg Abbott sends buses to Vice President Kamala Harris’ DC residence after she called border ‘secure’

Two buses carrying migrants from the US-Mexico border were dropped off Thursday morning near the home of Vice President Kamala Harris in a residential area in Washington amid a bitter political battle over Biden administration immigration policies.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this year brought migrants from Texas to cities with Democratic mayors as part of a policy stance he claims too many arrivals are crossing the border into his state. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey also adopted this policy, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently got involved in the storyline as well. It was first conceived by former President Donald Trump.

Abbott tweeted that he dispatched the buses that arrived Thursday: “We are sending migrants to their backyard to ask the Biden administration to do its job & secure the border.”

About two dozen men and women stood outside the US Naval Observatory at dawn, clutching clear plastic bags containing their belongings they’d taken across the border, before heading to a nearby church. Harris’ office had no immediate comment.

After crossing the US-Mexico border, asylum seekers spend some time at a US Customs and Border Protection facility along the border until they are generally released to the US to await their cases. Republicans say Biden’s policies encourage migrants to disappear to US; Democrats argue Trump-era policy of forcing migrants to await asylum applications in Mexico is inhumane.

DeSantis flew two planes carrying immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard on Wednesday. And last week, Abbott sent about 75 migrants to Chicago.

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser last week declared a public emergency over the continued arrival of migrant buses. The district had previously requested National Guard assistance to contain a “growing humanitarian crisis” sparked by the arrival of thousands of migrants, but the Pentagon denied the request.

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