Texas Governor Greg Abbott has drawn intense criticism on social media on Sunday following his newest alleged migrant busing stunt, which noticed folks shipped to the freezing chilly Washington, D.C., on Christmas Eve.
Abbott, alongside fellow Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida, generated controversy during the last yr over his state’s new apply of busing undocumented immigrants and authorized asylum seekers to Democratic-run cities, in an effort to ship a message to his political opponents about safety points on the U.S.-Mexico border. These efforts have been sharply criticized, because it has emerged that the migrants have usually been confused and led onto buses below doubtful pretenses, although Texas has claimed that they’re being despatched to locations the place they’ve contacts to fulfill.
Within the late hours of Christmas Eve, one other busload of migrants arrived in Washington, D.C., close to the residence of Vice President Kamala Harris. In accordance to CNN reporter Noah Gray, the folks onboard, together with youngsters, claimed to have traveled for 2 days from Texas. The climate in D.C. that night time was effectively under freezing at 14 levels Fahrenheit, with a powerful wind chill making temperatures much more harmful.
Because of this newest busing effort so near a serious vacation, Abbott turned the goal of fierce condemnation on-line. Although it’s recognized that the migrants arrived from Texas, it has not but been confirmed that they had been despatched particularly by Abbott, although this has been the case previously. Julián Castro, a Texas Democrat who beforehand served in former President Barack Obama’s Cupboard and ran for president himself in 2020, declared on Twitter on Sunday that Abbott didn’t deserve to carry workplace.
“That is what @GreggAbbot_TX, who calls himself a Christian however who steadily does not care sufficient about others to behave like one, did to folks for Christmas. Anyone keen to be this imply to folks does not belong in workplace,” Castro wrote.
“Governor Abbott claims to be a ‘pro-life Christian’ but exhibits no regard for the lives of youngsters left shivering within the freezing chilly on Christmas Eve,” Ritchie Torres, a Democrat congressman from New York, wrote in a tweet. “Dropping off migrants in 18 diploma climate is so merciless that it must be prison.”
“Merry Christmas -AND- could Greg Abbott burn in hell for this,” Omari Hardy, a Democratic Florida state congressman, tweeted.
“Greg Abbott’s favourite Christmas exercise is human trafficking,” Daniel Uhlfelder, a Florida-based legal professional and politician, tweeted.
In the meantime, Texas Consultant Joaquin Castro went a step additional, attacking Abbott’s health for increased workplace sooner or later.
“Nugatory [Governor Abbott] dropping off folks with no cash and no means on Christmas Eve in 15 diploma climate close to the VP’s residence,” he tweeted. “How Christian of you, Greg Abbott. Being a heartless POS is not going to make you the following Republican President.”
Newsweek reached out to Abbott’s workplace for remark.