Texas sends two buses of migrants to US vice president’s home

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Migrants stood outside Kamala Harris’s residence in Washington, DC, before aid workers guided her to a nearby church.

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Two buses carrying migrants and asylum seekers have arrived near the home of United States Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C., criticized by critics as Republicans for using migrants as “political pawns” ahead of the midterm election. Condemned as an attempt by

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Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott said Statement On Thursday, 100 migrants from Colombia, Cuba, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panama and Venezuela were released near Harris’ residence.

“Texas will continue to send migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, DC until the president” [Joe] Biden and Border Tsar Harris step up and do their bit to secure the border,” Abbott said.

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Harris was hired last year by Biden, a Democrat, to lead his administration’s efforts to halt migration along the US southern border with Mexico, which has seen a surge in asylum-seekers in recent months.

Al Jazeera’s Heidi Zhou-Castro, reporting outside Harris’s home on Thursday, said about 100 people came out of the buses with only a few items after traveling for more than 30 hours.

She said an infant and another person with diabetes were taken straight to the hospital. Zhou-Castro said others were taken to a nearby church where they were given food and shelter before volunteers helped them reach their next destination.

As Zhou-Castro reports, aid workers who responded to the scene said, “It was yet another humiliation that these people, trying to escape the violence and poverty in Latin America, suffered on a journey that was previously It’s inhumane ever.”

Since April, Abbott has been resettling immigrants from Texas to Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago—cities with Democratic mayors—as part of a political strategy to denounce the Biden administration’s immigration policies, which Abbott argues. that are encouraging their arrival in the kingdom. ,

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has followed the same policy.

Republican governors say the effort is aimed at uncovering the record number of migrants trying to cross into the US through its southern borders and sharing the burden of hosting asylum seekers.

Texas is often the first destination for migrants arriving from Mexico, and Abbott has said sending people to other parts of the country will bring relief to Texas’ border communities.

“We are sending migrants here [Harris’s] Backyard to call on the Biden administration to do their job and secure the border,” he tweeted.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, also recently joined the effort. On Wednesday, he flew two planes of immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a thriving summer vacation destination in the US state of Massachusetts.

“Yes, Florida can confirm the two planes with illegal immigrants that arrived at Martha’s Vineyard today were part of the state’s resettlement program to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary sites,” Taryn Fenske, the governor’s director of communications, told Fox. told News Digital.

“The residents of Martha’s Vineyard should be thrilled about this. They vote for sanctuary cities – they get a sanctuary city of their own,” Christina Pusho, a spokeswoman for DeSantis’ re-election campaign, said on Twitter .

“Sanctuary city” is a term that refers to municipalities that do not cooperate with federal authorities seeking to detain or deport undocumented immigrants.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is settling Texas immigrants in Washington, DC, New York City and Chicago since April [Marat Sadana/Reuters]

But many state and local officials, as well as migration rights advocates, have condemned Republican effort as “evil and inhumane”.

Earlier this month, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot accused Abbott of “creating a human crisis” by “shipping human — goods, not goods, but humans — across the country to an uncertain destination”.

Massachusetts State Representative Dylan Fernandes, a Democrat who represents Martha’s Vineyard, said on Twitter that the immigrants had arrived from Florida without warning.

“Many people don’t know where they are. They say they were told they would be given housing and jobs. No notice was given to the islanders, but came together to support them as a community. Have been,” Fernandes said on Twitter.

“Republicans who call themselves Christians have been plotting for some time to use human life – men, women and children – as political pawns. [sic], This is evil and inhuman,” he also wrote.

Meanwhile, Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser last week declared a public emergency over the continued arrival of migrant buses.

The district had previously requested assistance from the US National Guard to help prevent a “growing humanitarian crisis” prompted by the arrival of thousands of migrants, but the Pentagon declined the request.

Credit: www.aljazeera.com /

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