According to Mayor Karen Bass’ office, the bus arrived around 8:50 a.m.
“The city has continued to work with city departments, the county, and a coalition of nonprofit organizations, in addition to our faith partners, to execute a plan set in place earlier this year,” mayoral spokesman Zach Seidl said in a statement. “As we have before, when we became aware of the bus yesterday, we activated our plan.”
A representative of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, or CHIRLA, told KTLA5 that the group included 15 men, eight women and 13 children. The migrants were taken to nearby St. Anthony’s Croatian Church, where they were met by city officials and immigrant-support groups for an orientation.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been orchestrating the shipments of migrants from Brownsville, Texas, to California, claiming the state’s border region is overwhelmed by immigrants crossing the Mexican border.
“Texas’ small border towns remain overwhelmed and overrun by the thousands of people illegally crossing into Texas from Mexico because of President Biden’s refusal to secure the border,” Abbott said in a statement after the first bus arrived in Los Angeles in June.
Abbott added, “Los Angeles is a major city that migrants seek to go to, particularly now that its city leaders approved its self-declared sanctuary city status. Our border communities are on the front lines of President Biden’s border crisis, and Texas will continue providing this much-needed relief until he steps up to do his job and secure the border.”
In June, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed a motion directing the city to draft a “Sanctuary City” ordinance that, when passed, would prohibit any city resources, property or personnel from being utilized for any federal immigration enforcement.