WH Blames Abbott For Freezing Migrant Drop Off At VP Residence

The White House is accused Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott of endangering lives for having dropped off busloads of migrants outside of Vice President Kamala Harris's official Washington, D.C., residence on Christmas Eve in freezing temperatures. 
U.S. Secret Service monitors a security gate near the Vice President's residence at the Naval Observatory, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

At a glance

  • Abbott has not acknowledged the Sunday drop off, and his office has not claimed responsibility.
  • “Governor Abbott abandoned children on the side of the road in below freezing temperatures on Christmas Eve without coordinating with any Federal or local authorities,” White House spokesperson Abdullah Hasan said after the incident.
  • Immigrant aid groups say as many as 130 migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. were placed on the buses by Texas officials.
  • Republican governors in border state that have been economically impacted by record immigration have in recent month busses migrants to Democrat-run cities and states to make the case that the problem is national, not local or regional.

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