Another bus carrying illegal immigrants arrived outside Vice President Kamala Harris’s home in Washington, early on Sept. 17, according to video footage.
The busload reportedly carried men, women, and children, including newborns, mostly hailing from Venezuela and Nicaragua, an NBC reporter who filmed the group of immigrants getting off the bus said on Twitter.
Saturday’s early morning incident now marks the third bus that has been sent to Harris’s District of Columbia home this week.
Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that two buses carrying “more than 100 migrants” who had been picked up by authorities in Eagle Pass, Texas, arrived at the U.S. Naval Observatory—which is the vice president’s residence.
Minutes ago, a bus of migrants sent from Texas arrived outside the Naval Observatory in Washington DC. We’re told they’re from Venezuela and Nicaragua. Men, women, children – even newborns. This is the second bus to arrive outside of the VP’s residence this week. @NBCNews pic.twitter.com/P7dHGQ3CMJ
— Gary Grumbach (@GaryGrumbach) September 17, 2022
Abbott said in a Sept. 15 statement that the buses were sent as retaliation to Harris’s recent comment, in which the vice president—who was tapped last year by President Joe Biden to oversee U.S. border security—claimed that America’s border with Mexico is “secure.”
The Republican governor hasn’t confirmed yet if the third bus was also sent by him, though on Thursday, he said that “Texas will continue sending migrants to sanctuary cities like Washington, D.C. until President Biden and Border Czar Harris step up and do their jobs to secure the border.”
According to Fox News, which first reported the Sept. 17 arrival, around 50 illegal immigrants got off the bus, and aid workers quickly collected the people and took them to a local shelter.
Others, including a former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, have said the transports have exposed hypocrisy on behalf of Democrats, who support sanctuary city policies.
“How can Vice President Kamala Harris complain if two busloads of illegal migrants are delivered to her home. After all, she told the whole country … ‘the border is secure’! Maybe she was wrong!” Newt Gingrich, who served as the 50th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, wrote on Twitter.
In a Sept. 9 statement, Abbott said Texas has currently bused over 7,900 illegal immigrants to the U.S. capital since April, and over 2,200 to New York City since early August. Several hundred immigrants have also been dropped off in Chicago as part of a mission to provide “much-needed relief to our overwhelmed border communities.”