Texas Governor Sends 42 Migrants to Los Angeles, Citing Border Crisis

Another bus transporting dozens of migrants arrived in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, marking the second arrival within the past three weeks.

The bus, carrying 41 migrants, reached Union Station in downtown L.A. at approximately 12:40 p.m. Among the migrants, there were 11 children, hailing from eight different countries, including Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.

A spokesperson for Mayor Karen Bass released a statement, acknowledging that although they were not officially notified, the Mayor’s Office became aware of the bus on Friday and promptly mobilized city departments, the county, nonprofit organizations, and faith partners.

They had already established a plan earlier this year. The statement emphasized the city’s commitment to treating everyone with respect and dignity.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) was present on Saturday to provide assistance at a designated facility, offering water, food, clothing, and medical check-ups to the migrants. They were also provided access to legal immigration assistance.

On June 14, Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent 42 migrants to Los Angeles, citing an “overrun” border region in his state and suggesting that more transfers might follow.

In a statement, Abbott blamed President Biden’s failure to secure the border for the situation. Unlike the previous transfer, officials in Brownsville alerted CHIRLA prior to the migrants’ arrival.

Angelica Salas, the Executive Director of CHIRLA, explained that Brownsville made efforts to provide as much information as possible about the individuals to ensure better preparation upon their arrival in Los Angeles.

Salas acknowledged that they have no control over Texas’ actions, but they strive to ensure a welcoming environment in Los Angeles.

In June, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a motion to draft a “Sanctuary City” ordinance that would prohibit the utilization of any city resources, property, or personnel for federal immigration enforcement purposes.

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