Migrants dropped outside US VP Kamala Harris’ home

Rights groups and the US government sharply criticized on Sunday the bussing of dozens of asylum-seekers in frigid and dangerous weather conditions to Washington, D.C.

Although Texas officials have not confirmed whether the state coordinated their transport, the move is reminiscent of similar actions taken by Governor Greg Abbott and other Republican state leaders.

Between 110 and 130 people seeking asylum in the United States were placed on charter busses and driven from the border with Mexico in Texas to the US capital.

They were dropped-off near the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris on Saturday night, when Christmas Eve celebrations were taking place.

Young children were among those on board the busses. Some people were only clad in t-shirts when they reached Washington, D.C. At the time, temperatures in the capital were around 15 degrees Fahrenheit (-9 degrees Celsius).

The journey and drop-off took place as a massive winter storm brought snow, ice and extreme cold to 60% of the US.

The migrants had been placed on the bus by Texas officials, said Tatiana Laborde, managing director of the relief agency SAMU First Response.

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