Migrants left outside Kamala Harris’ home in freezing cold

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About 50 migrants were dropped off outside Vice President Kamala Harris’ home on Christmas Eve and some didn’t even have adequate winter clothes to stay warm in subzero temperatures. More came on Christmas Day.

The migrants were brought all the way from Texas by the state’s conservative governor to remind the federal government that their immigration laws were not strong enough to prevent immigration. The nearest Texas town is more than 2,200 kilometres from Washington.

“This latest drop-off was a political stunt by the Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, using people as pawns,” said Amy Fischer, a volunteer with the Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network.

“People are getting off the buses, they don’t have coats, they don’t have clothes for this kind of weather, and they’re freezing.” It was minus 14 Celsius in Washington on Christmas Eve. Ms Fischer said the network has been receiving migrants sent to Washington since the spring and was prepared for Saturday night’s arrival of about 50 migrants. The first bus arrived in April.

It reported that Mr Abbott was one of at least three Republican governors who have been sending migrants to Washington to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies. Initially, two busloads were taken to shelters in Washington. More buses arrived outside the vice president’s residence later on Saturday evening.

Another charity group, Sanctuary DMV, warned that “many unhoused folks (were still) sleeping outdoors in this freeze. So, please support our comrades distributing important supplies to our unhoused neighbor.”

Remora House DC, yet another group of volunteers that looks after the homeless, distributed blankets, food, hand warmers, gloves, sleeping bags and tents among the new arrivals. “Keep checking … there’s still risk of hypothermia and frostbite,” it warned.

Texas’s Republican governor, re-elected to a third term in November, is known for his anti-migration views. Gov. Abbott also criticises the Biden administration for policies that he says have led to the surge of unauthorised migration at the border. “While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows. Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen,” the governor said in a post on his official site. —INP/ZM