Busloads of immigrants were dropped off near Kamala Harris' Washington, D.C. residence on Christmas Eve, as a cold winter blast sent temperatures throughout much of the country plunging below zero.
Democrats are up in arms over the "stunt," which appears to be a continuation of Texas governor Greg Abbott's effort (R) to draw attention to the southern border crisis.
Three busloads of immigrants were spotted nearby the Naval Observatory in D.C., which is Harris's official residence, ABC7 News reported.
The immigrants were received by the Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network, which promptly issued a statement blaming Abbott.
“It really does show the cruelty behind Gov. Abbott and his insistence on continuing to bus people here without care about people arriving late at night on Christmas Eve when the weather is so cold," the group's Amy Fischer said.
"People are getting off the buses, they don’t have coats, they don’t have clothes for this kind of weather, and they’re freezing," she added.
Abbott has not issued a response to the criticism, nor has he taken credit for transporting the immigrants. But Democrats are seizing on the incident, saying it demonstrates the cruelty and hypocrisy of Christian conservatives.
"Guess we know how Greg Abbott, a 'practicing' Roman Catholic, would have treated Jesus, Mary & Joseph," said Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell (Ca.).
The Biden White House also issued a blistering statement on the "cruel, dangerous, and shameful stunt." The statement added that Biden is willing to work on "real solutions" like a sweeping amnesty for illegal immigrants.
"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. This was a cruel, dangerous, and shameful stunt," White House spokesperson Abdullah Hasan in a statement.
But in December 20 letter to Biden, Abbott accused the administration of refusing to take responsibility for a humanitarian crisis that is being driven by Biden's open border policies.
Texas is bearing a "lopsided burden" of the emergency as border communities like El Paso, Texas run out of shelter to house immigrants who are streaming across from Mexico by the thousands, Abbott noted.
"These communities and the state are ill-equipped to do the job assigned to the federal government – house the thousands of migrants flooding into the country every day. With perilous temperatures moving into the area, many of these migrants are at risk of freezing to death on city streets," he wrote.
Republicans have often criticized Biden and Harris for failing to visit the border to assess the unprecedented surge. Harris stopped in El Paso last year for a short visit that Republicans dismissed as a photo op.