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Hundreds of additional illegal immigrants have arrived in Washington, D.C., and New York City, with 50 people dropping off at Vice President Kamala Harris’ home and hundreds more in the Big Apple.
The majority of undocumented individuals who went to Harris’ home are from Venezuela–one of which is a one-month-old infant. The moment they arrived, they were rapidly taken away to a close by shelter.
Meanwhile, in New York City, hundreds of illegal immigrants were dropped off at a bus station in the borough of Queens. The immigrants, many of whom are from Central America, were then taken to a nearby church where they will be processed and given temporary housing.
It is unclear how long the immigrants will stay in either city, but they are likely to face a lengthy legal process as they seek asylum in the United States.
Harris has yet to comment on the arrivals, but the Biden administration has said that it is committed to increasing humanitarian assistance to Central American countries to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S. border.
This latest development is sure to reignite the debate over immigration reform in the United States, with many Republicans already accusing the Biden administration of making the country a magnet for illegal immigration.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott slammed the Biden administration for its handling of the situation, saying that they are “refusing to secure the southern border.”
“The Biden-Harris Administration is responsible for this crisis because they have refused to secure the southern border,” Abbott said in a statement. “They have also sent mixed signals that encouraged more people to try to come to America illegally.”
Abbott added that the state of Texas is “stepping up” to help deal with the crisis, and called on Biden and Harris to do the same.
“Texas is stepping up to help deal with this crisis, but we need the Biden-Harris Administration to do their part by finally securing the southern border,” he said. “Until they do, this crisis will only get worse.”
The new arrivals come as Harris has accused Republican governors of a “dereliction of duty” and send the arrival of illegals was “shameful” and a “political stunt.”
The vice president has come under fire for her lack of action on the issue of illegal immigration, as the crisis at the southern border continues to grow.
The Washington Examiner reported that the busses dropped off the immigrants at the Long Island Railroad station in Queens and a Greyhound bus station in Manhattan.
The Examiner also reported that the immigrants were given food and water by volunteers before being taken to shelters.
This is not the first time that busses of illegal immigrants have been dropped off in Harris’ district. In February, a group of immigrant rights activists staged a protest outside of Harris’ residence to demand that she do more to help immigrants.
“We are here to tell Kamala Harris that she needs to do more for the immigrant community,” one protester said at the time. “She needs to speak out more and she needs to use her position as vice president to help us.”
Harris has been largely silent on the issue of immigration since taking office, but she has said that she supports Biden’s plan to create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants.
The vice president’s staff did not immediately respond to an inquiry from the Examiner.
The Biden administration has come under fire for its handling of the immigration crisis at the southern border. More than 171,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at the border in March, the highest monthly total since 2007.
“The vice president is committed to working with her regional counterparts to address the underlying factors driving migration to our hemisphere,” Harris’ office said in a statement. “She will also be charged with leading the Administration’s diplomatic engagement on this issue and will travel to the region in the coming weeks.”
However, it is unclear what Harris will do to address the crisis. Her office has said that she will be “meeting with leaders and experts to discuss what more can be done to address the root causes of migration.”
The administration has also been criticized for its handling of the migrant shelters at the border.