Texas sends 3 more migrant buses to LA

Three buses carrying migrants from Texas arrived in downtown Los Angeles Friday, marking the 17th, 18th and 19th such arrival since June.

On X, formerly known as Twitter, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights confirmed the arrival of three buses with a total of 109 asylum seekers from Texas.

According to the group, a third of all migrants arriving in Los Angeles by bus have been children.

"When migrants arrive in California -- more than 434,000 have arrived in California since 2019 – we receive them, integrate them to society, and they in turn contribute positively to our way of life. The Golden State is an immigrant state and that will not change," CHIRLA wrote on X.

Details regarding the age, country of origin, and status of the migrants were not immediately available.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been orchestrating the trips under Operation Lone Star (OLS), saying Texas' border region is "overwhelmed" by immigrants crossing the Mexican border. 

OLS is a joint operation between the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Military Department along the southern border between Texas and Mexico.

Abbott added, "Texas secures the border in President Biden's absence."

"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.

"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," he added.

"Gov. Abbott continues to put vulnerable lives in jeopardy with limited food and water on multi-day bus journeys to Los Angeles," said Mayor Karen Bass  in a statement. "The city has continued to work with appropriate 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. Our region must come together to address this in collaboration with the state and federal government — and I know we will."

The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion on June 9 seeking to formally establish the city as a sanctuary city.

Last month, the council approved a motion calling for the City Attorney's Office to investigate whether crimes were committed on or before June 14, when Abbott sent 42 migrants to Los Angeles in the first of the shipments.