Late Saturday, in 18-degree weather, several buses carrying immigrants alighted in front of the Washington, D.C., residence of Vice President Kamala Harris on Christmas Eve.
The first two buses were sent to local shelters, according to a government official. Later Saturday, more buses arrived outside the vice president’s mansion. A CNN team saw migrants being sent away, some wearing only T-shirts in the frigid weather. They were given blankets and put on another bus to a local church.
Tatiana Laborde, managing director of SAMU First Response, said her team was ready for Saturday night. Since April, large numbers of migrant buses have arrived in Washington every week.
“Since April, the DC community has welcomed buses from Texas anytime,” she said. “Christmas Eve is no different than cold weather. We’re always here to welcome people with open arms.”
It’s unclear who was responsible for sending the migrants to the Naval Observatory, although CNN reported earlier this year that the governor of Texas was responsible. Greg Abbott has sent migrant buses north, including somewhere outside Harris’ home.
Abbott is one of at least three Republican governors who have been praised for busing or flying immigrants north this year to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies. He previously confirmed in September that his state had sent buses to Harris’ residence at the time.
This is a breaking story and will be updated.