WASHINGTON, Dec 26 (Reuters) – The White House on Monday accused Texas Governor Greg Abbott of endangering the lives of Texas Governor Greg Abbott after dropping off buses from Texas’ southwest border near Vice President Kamala Harris’ home in Washington. .
Abbott, a Republican who has been a vocal critic of the Biden administration’s immigration policies, did not acknowledge the fallout on Christmas Eve and his office did not take responsibility. President Joe Biden is a Democrat.
Between 110 and 130 migrants seeking asylum in the United States, many of them families with children, were placed on buses by Texas authorities, migrant aid groups said Sunday after the migrants arrived in the US capital.
“Governor Abbott abandoned children on the side of the road in sub-freezing temperatures on Christmas Eve without coordinating with any federal or local authorities,” White House spokesman Abdullah Hassan said in a statement.
“Political games achieve nothing and put lives at risk,” Hassan added.
Texas has sent thousands of migrants to Washington, New York City and Chicago in what some critics have called a stunt amid a national debate over the influx of immigrants to America’s southern border.
Abbott has previously said his government is deliberately sending immigrants to sanctuary cities, where law enforcement is discouraged from deporting immigrants.
Hasan said the Biden administration is willing to work with Democrats and Republicans on solutions to the immigration issue.
Amy Fischer, an organizer with the Immigrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network, told NPR that the migrants were immediately transferred to city-provided buses in Washington to a church that distributed hot food and clothing.
Claudia Tristan, a co-organizer of the same group, told Reuters on Monday that almost all the migrants abandoned near the vice president’s home were already on their way to relatives and friends in the United States.
A Letter Dec. 20 to Biden, Abbott said the state was overburdened, with thousands of men, women and children crossing into Texas every day, at risk of freezing to death on city streets.
Hidalgo County, Texas, Judge Richard Cortez told CNN on Monday that places like his in Texas are overwhelmed by the number of immigrants and cannot accommodate them all.
“Busting migrants out of this area helps us … but it’s not a solution to the problem,” said Cortez, who is on the border with Mexico.
Reporting by Nandita Bose and Kanishka Singh, additional reporting by Susan Hevey; Editing by Howard Koller
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