Once more, a bus carrying migrants pulls up in front of Kamala Harris’ home in Washington, D.C.

For the second time this week, a bus from Texas dropped off around 50 migrants outside Vice President Kamala Harris’ home at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

NBC News was informed that many of the migrants, who included men, women, and children, were from Venezuela. They were observed transporting their sole belongings in tiny white bags.

Victor, a young man, claimed that he traveled through the jungle to get to Texas, that food was provided on the bus, and that he received excellent treatment. He claimed he is looking for employment but does not have a specific destination in mind. Most of the migrants on the bus told NBC News that they also intended to travel to other locations.

International humanitarian nonprofit SAMU First Response had volunteers on site to help the migrants.

A bus dropped off asylum seekers outside of Vice President Harris official residence in Washington on Oct. 6, 2022.

As Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, both Republicans running for re-election, sought to use the tactic to draw attention to what they claim are the Biden administration’s failed border policies, busloads of migrants started arriving in liberal strongholds without warning earlier this year. Since then, thousands of migrants have entered New York, Washington, Chicago, and other cities, causing officials in those areas to scramble to set up a support system for them.

Abbott initiated the migrant busing scheme to so-called sanctuary communities and was imitated by DeSantis, who recently chartered two flights bringing around 50 migrants from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Abbott also dispatched two buses of migrants to Harris’ area last month. A class-action lawsuit has been launched by migrants who took part in the trip against DeSantis and other state officials on the grounds that they were the victims of fraud committed for political advantage.

Democratic governors whose states are impacted by the strategy have denounced Abbott and DeSantis’ behavior. When over 500 immigrants were bused to Chicago by Abbott last month, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker declared an emergency and activated the state’s National Guard. He did this after standing in front of the media and denouncing Abbott’s actions as despicable.

Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, also demanded that DeSantis and Abbott’s acts be looked into by the Justice Department.
Producer Gary Grumbach works at NBC News.

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