A 7th bus filled with asylum-seeking migrants made its way to Los Angeles via Texas, Friday.
The bus arrived at Union Station a little after noon, with city officials working with local organizations such as Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles, to reunite the 49 asylum-seekers, 17 of whom were children, with families in the U.S.
“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,” a statement from the Mayor’s office read. “As we have before, when we became aware of the bus yesterday, we activated our plan.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott began busing migrants to L.A. on June 14, saying it provided “much-needed relief” to Texas towns bordering Mexico.
“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,” Abbott said after sending the first bus in June. “Our border communities are on the frontlines 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.”
Since then, more than 200 migrants have made their way to Los Angeles from Brownsville, Texas, with thousands more sent to other U.S. cities such as Washinton D.C., New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia and Denver.
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