That is the second time since September that migrant folks have been despatched to the vp’s house.
Human rights defenders condemned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and “extremist Republicans’ merciless values” after a number of busloads of migrants have been dropped off outdoors U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’ Washington, D.C. house in subfreezing temperatures on Christmas Eve.
For the second time since September, Central and South American migrants have been bussed from Texas to the vp’s residence on the U.S. Naval Observatory within the nation’s capital. According to studies, a number of the asylum-seekers have been sporting solely t-shirts and shorts because the mercury dropped to 18°F (-8°C) on Saturday.
Whereas it isn’t recognized who ordered the migrants bussed to the capital, advocates pointed fingers at Abbott. The Republican Texas governor — together with GOP Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Doug Ducey of Arizona — have bussed greater than 10,000 migrants to Democratic-led cities since April to protest what they falsely name the Biden administration’s “open border” immigration insurance policies.
“What we’re seeing are Greg Abbott and extremist Republicans’ merciless values,” tweeted the youth-led Dawn Motion. “That is who they’re. Don’t overlook that.”
Amy Fischer, a volunteer with the Migrant Solidarity Mutual Help Community, told CNN that her group was ready for the migrants’ arrival.
“The D.C. neighborhood has been welcoming buses from Texas anytime they’ve come since April. Christmas Eve and freezing chilly climate is not any totally different,” she mentioned. “We’re at all times right here welcoming of us with open arms.”
In a separate interview with The Guardian, Fischer said that “it actually does present the cruelty behind Gov. Abbott and his insistence on persevering with to bus folks right here with out care about folks arriving late at night time on Christmas Eve when the climate is so chilly.”
Progressive activist Jenn Kauffman tweeted that “the one purpose these households have been outdoors so briefly is due to the work of the D.C. Migrant Solidarity Mutual Help Community.”
“This was meant to be a merciless stunt by Greg Abbott, however individuals are working across the clock to deal with these households with the dignity they deserve,” she added.
In a letter to President Joe Biden final week, Abbott mentioned that “you and your administration should cease the lie that the border is safe and as a substitute instantly deploy federal property to handle the dire issues you’ve got induced.”
Earlier this week, Abbott deployed a whole lot of Nationwide Guard troops and state police to the Mexican border in service of what the advocacy group Border Community for Human Rights called a “racist, anti-refugee, xenophobic agenda.”
On Saturday, the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety warned migrants that the Biden administration continues to be imposing Title 42, a bit of the Public Well being Security Act first invoked by the Trump administration because the coronavirus pandemic started in March 2020.
On December 19, U.S. Supreme Court docket Chief Justice John Roberts granted a request from 19 Republican-led states to briefly block the Biden administration from ending Title 42 expulsions.