Bus of immigrants arrives at Kamala Harris’s home ahead of Title 42 end
by Asher Notheis
A bus carrying immigrants from Texas arrived at Vice President Kamala Harris’s residence hours before Title 42 was set to expire.
The 30 men, women, and children arrived at the home of the vice president on Thursday morning and were received by the organization SAMU First Response and Mutual Aid. This bus was the second one to arrive at the Naval Observatory in under 24 hours. The first bus carried almost 40 people, according to NBC Washington.
“Many on the bus told me they were from Venezuela,” a reporter for NBC News wrote on social media.
It is not the first time buses carrying migrants have arrived at Harris’s residence. One of three buses carrying migrants to Washington, D.C., arrived at Harris’s house on Christmas Eve last year. The Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network was on hand to transport the immigrants to a local church and provide them with proper resources.
The buses arrived hours ahead of the end of Title 42, a policy enacted under the Trump administration which allowed Border Patrol to expel immigrants without granting them an asylum hearing. Title 42 was enacted in March 2020 as a precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Busing migrants from Texas to major cities, such as Washington, D.C., has become common practice for Texas since at least last year. Other states that immigrants have been transported to from Texas include Chicago and New York City.
Ahead of Title 42’s expiration, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) stated the Biden administration had “fallen short” in preparing for the policy’s end.
“In speaking with Arizona officials and local communities along the border, it’s evident that coordination from the federal government is lacking,” said Grijalva in a statement on Thursday.
“While border communities have been assisting with the humanitarian needs, they desperately need additional resources to manage the lifting of Title 42. The latest troop deployments by President Biden and militarization are not the answer.”