Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent dozens more asylum seekers to the home of Vice President Kamala Harris in another effort to show his distaste for the White House’s immigration policies this week.
The Republican governor, who referred to Harris as the “Border Czar” in a tweet on Saturdayreportedly transported about 50 migrants, including a one-month-old baby, to the Harris residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory, the Houston Chronicle reported.
“Texas is bringing the border to its backyard to relieve our overwhelmed communities,” Abbott wrote in a tweet Saturday. “It’s past time to fix this crisis they created.”
The move comes the same week that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis backed two planes that sent about 50 migrants to Martha’s Vineyard.
The migrants, who were allegedly misled before their trip, flew to a Cape Cod military base that was reportedly better equipped to accommodate them on Friday.
Massachusetts Democrats criticized the measure as a “political acrobatics“, while California Gov. Gavin Newsom challenged DeSantis to a debate, saying he was “playing politics with people’s lives.”
Abbott sent more than 100 asylum seekers to Harris’ residence on Thursday, the paper said, and most of the migrants who were transported on Saturday are from Venezuela. It also sent three buses carrying more migrants to New York City on Saturday, The Guardian reported.
Abbott’s press secretary, Renae Eze, told ABC News that the migrants arrived home after a trip from El Paso.
HuffPost has reached out to Abbott’s office for additional comment.
Harris told Vice News on Friday that the moves were “political stunts with real human beings fleeing harm.”
″[These are] human beings, real people who have fled evil, who came to the United States of America seeking refuge, asylum,” Harris said.
“I think it’s the height of irresponsibility, let alone, just, frankly, a dereliction of duty, when you’re an elected leader, to play these kinds of games with human life and human beings,” Harris said. “If you think there’s a problem, be part of the solution.”
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