Several migrants relaxed outside Kamala Harris’ home in freezing weather on Christmas Eve



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Several busloads of migrants were dropped off in front of Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence in Washington, DC, on Christmas Eve in 18 degree weather late Saturday.

The first two busloads were taken to local shelters, according to an administration official. Several buses arrived outside the vice president’s residence later Saturday night. A CNN team saw migrants being dropped off, with some migrants wearing only T-shirts in the freezing weather. They were given blankets and sat on another bus that went to a local church.

Amy Fischer, a volunteer with the Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network, which has been receiving migrants sent to DC since the spring, said the organization had been prepared for Saturday night’s arrivals, having been informed earlier by an NGO working on the Texas border .

The arrivals included asylum seekers from Ecuador, Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Peru and Colombia, according to Fischer, who told CNN the buses were supposed to go to New York but were diverted to DC because of the weather. Busloads of migrants have been arriving in Washington weekly since April.

“The D.C. community has welcomed buses from Texas any time they’ve come since April. Christmas Eve and freezing weather is no different,” she said. “We’re always here and welcome people with open arms.”

Migrants from Central and South America wait near Harris' residence in Washington, DC, after being dropped off on September 15, 2022.

It is not clear who is responsible for sending the migrants to the Naval Observatory, where the vice president’s residence is located, although CNN reported earlier this year that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had sent busloads of migrants north, including to a location outside Harris’ home. . CNN has reached out to Abbott’s office for comment on the latest arrivals.

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However, the White House blamed the Texas governor, calling it a “cruel, dangerous and shameful stunt.”

“Governor Abbott left children on the side of the road in sub-freezing temperatures on Christmas Eve without coordinating with any federal or local authorities,” White House spokesman Abdullah Hasan said in a statement.

“As we’ve said repeatedly, we’re willing to work with anyone — Republicans and Democrats alike — on real solutions, like the comprehensive immigration reform and border security measures President Biden sent to Congress on his first day in office, but these political games achieves nothing and only endangers lives,” Hasan said.

Abbott is one of at least three Republican governors who have taken credit for busing or flying migrants north this year to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies. He confirmed earlier in September that his state had sent the buses to Harris’ residence at the time.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the person who spoke about her group being prepared for the migrant arrivals. It was Amy Fischer, a volunteer with the Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network.

This story has been updated with additional information.

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