Organizations and groups of volunteers arrived this Thursday at the Naval Observatory, the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris, in Washington DC, where two buses left dozens of immigrants from the southern border.
Tatiana Laborde, general director of the SAMU First Response group, which assists immigrants arriving in Washington DC, said in an interview with the voice of america that they were surprised by the change in itinerary on Thursday.
“We were at half past five in the morning ready to receive them at Union Station [la estación de trenes]but there was a last minute change that was not reported to the local organizations and they were left here, next to the vice president’s house,” he explained in an interview with the voice of america Tatiana Laborde, general director of the SAMU First Response group, which assists immigrants arriving in Washington DC.
The immigrants came from Del Rio Texas, from where they were shipped to the US capital by Republican Governor Greg Abbott.
A) Yes, political battle continues between some Republican governors and the administration of President Joe Biden over the management of the southern border of the United States, defined by the Republicans as an “open door” policy.
In fact, when this Thursday morning, two buses with more than 70 migrants from Del Rio, Texas, left their passengers in front of the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris, the Naval Observatory, it was a form of protest by the Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
“We were left adrift here not knowing where to go. Our destiny is to reach New York,” said David Morales, a Venezuelan immigrant.
The group includes people from Venezuela, Uruguay, Colombia and Mexico. Several of them, according foxnewsThey said they believe the border is open, contrary to what Vice President Harris said during an interview on Sunday.
Local authorities have ensured that notification that these buses would arrive at the Naval Observatory. They usually arrive at the Union Station train station in downtown DC. It is unknown if more will arrive there in the coming days, but the volunteers say they are prepared to attend to them.
“We already have the resources to respond. The only thing… are days like today where they reach other areas and we have to mobilize to give them support,” said Laborde.
María de las Hortas, a Honduran immigrant, came to the place when she saw the news on local television and explained to the VOA the reason for their solidarity.
“We are giving donations for the people of our country. And we thought about going to buy things, make food for them and bring them to them because just as they are here, that is how we came to this country.”
This latest bus convoy came just hours after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis made good on a similar promise to transport undocumented migrants to states run by Democrats. He sent two full planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, an island in Massachusetts.
“So our message is: You know, we’re not a sanctuary state. We don’t have benefits or anything like that. There are some sanctuary jurisdictions, and that would be better. Now, what would be better for Biden is to do his damn job and secure the border,” the governor said.
Abbott and Desantis argue that the US border is out of control and that authorities in Washington DC and New York must face the realities of the border crisis.
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