The Los Angeles City Council moved forward with a motion to investigate Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after sending multiple buses of migrants to several U.S. cities.
The motion was introduced by District 1 Councilmember Eunisses Hernandez, seeking to investigate possible kidnapping and interstate human trafficking offenses, specifically in the first of 11 migrant transfers to L.A.
“The competition between these Republican governors about who can be more racist, I think is just an utter failure and shows clearly that they do not have any intention to govern effectively,” Councilman Hugo Soto-Martinez said during the August 30 city council meeting. “The callousness and disregard for the lives of these families deserve a full investigation into the criminal actions and wrongdoing of Gov. Greg Abbott.”
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass and council members alike criticized Abbott for transporting migrants from Texas border cities, to L.A. in the midst of a tropical storm on August 21.
As Southern California prepared for strong rain and wind coming from Hurricane Hilary, a bus full of asylum-seeking migrants, 14 of whom were children, arrived at L.A. Union Station that night.
As with the other buses that have been sent to the city, crews of nonprofit organizations and city workers began to assist the migrants through the storm.
District 14 Councilman Kevin de Leon spoke in favor of the motion Wednesday, adding that Abbott’s actions stem from a White House “failure” to introduce immigration reform at a federal level.
“It’s a reflection… of the failure of our friends and colleagues in Washington D.C. because we’re going on almost four decades without any type of immigration reform,” de Leon said.
The motion to initiate the investigation passed unanimously, with 13 council votes, as well as a motion to further support organizations providing case management to the asylum-seekers.
As of this writing, more than 250 migrants have been transported to L.A. from Texas.
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