Mayor of Los Angeles Karen Bass criticized the Texas Governor’s decision to send a bus full of migrants to Los Angeles in the midst of threats from Hurricane Hilary.
The bus arrived at Los Angeles Union Station at approximately 6:45 p.m. Monday. The city projects the bus made its way from Brownsville, Texas Sunday, as Southern California was given a tropical storm warning.
Bass accused Governor Greg Abbott of putting the asylum seeker’s lives in danger and called the act “despicable.”
“It is evil to endanger the lives of vulnerable migrants by sending a bus with families and toddlers on board to a city that at the time was under an unprecedented tropical storm warning,” Bass said in a statement. “As I stood with state and local leaders warning Angelenos to stay safe and brace themselves for the worst of the coming storm, the Governor of Texas sent families and toddlers straight for us on a path through extreme weather conditions. If anybody understands the danger of hurricanes and thunderstorms, it’s the Governor of Texas – who has to deal with this threat on an annual basis. This is a despicable act beyond politics.”
The bus was the ninth sent to Los Angeles by Abbott, who vowed to continue sending migrants from the Texas border to cities around the country that have been designated as “sanctuary cities.”
As was the case with the other buses that were sent to L.A., Bass activated the emergency operations center, as the city worked with local nonprofits to give aid to the migrants, helping them reconnect with family members in the U.S.
There have been more than 200 migrants transported from Texas to Los Angeles since June 14.
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