A bus carrying 41 migrants from Brownsville, Texas, arrived in Los Angeles late Tuesday, the fourth such bus to arrive in the city in recent weeks.
There were six children among the passengers on board, ranging in age from 1 to 15 years.
Texas Governor Greg Abbot’s administration has sent more than 25,000 immigrants to US cities, including New York City, Chicago and Washington, DC.
More than 80 immigrants had been sent to Los Angeles, he said in a July 10 tweet.
Texas has installed giant buoys along the Rio Grande, creating a floating barrier in a desperate effort to stop migrant crossings. Construction of the 1,000-foot-long barrier began July 7 in the city of Eagle Pass.
A bus carrying 41 migrants from Brownsville, Texas, arrived in Los Angeles Tuesday night.
Buoy barriers are installed and located in the middle of the Rio Grande River on July 18, 2023 in Eagle Pass, Texas
Four foot wide orange buoys are chained together to make the barrier and netting is placed below to prevent swimming under.
The Los Angeles Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights believes the bus carrying the immigrants was financed by Texas state officials.
He said that around half of the migrants are from Venezuela and the rest are from countries like China, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti and Honduras.
The immigrants were first sent from Texas to Los Angeles on June 14 by Governor Abbott, in what Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass called a “political stunt.”
The migrants were welcomed by the immigration coalition and other community groups and provided with food, clothing, hygiene kits and consultations with immigration legal attorneys.
They will be connected to their loved ones or sponsors all over the West Coast of the USA.
“We will do what we must to protect the dignity and safety of these families every time they arrive,” coalition executive director Angélica Salas said in a statement.
“We will work together with other like-minded individuals and entities in Los Angeles to welcome these asylum seekers with compassion and respect.”
Salas urged the Biden administration to provide protection for asylum seekers and increase funding for nonprofit organizations and community groups that help migrants “as we see more and more buses arriving in California and other states.”
Migrants seeking asylum walk across an island as they attempt to cross the Rio Grande River into the United States on July 18, 2023 in Eagle Pass, Texas.
“We don’t mistake these busing episodes as well-intentioned,” Salas said. “Texas and Florida have shown a callous disregard for the human experience, especially as it relates to black and brown-skinned asylum seekers.”
“Taking migrants anywhere in the middle of a scorching summer is not kind, it is cruel and unjustified,” Salas added.
Governor Abbott and the Texas Department of Public Safety have ignored requests for information from the federal government about the wall of floating buoys at Eagle Pass, according to federal officials.
Texas did not consult the federal government before using the barriers and has not responded to official requests for more information about them, even after concerns were raised that they could violate international agreements with Mexico, a State Department spokesperson said Tuesday.
Mexico’s top diplomat said on Friday the nation had sent a diplomatic note to the US federal government about the floating barrier, arguing it could contravene 1944 and 1970 treaties governing use of the river.
“The real problem is that President Biden’s open border policies have unleashed border chaos that is unsustainable,” said Governor Abbott’s press secretary Andrew Mahaleris.
“We have a constitutional duty to do what President Biden is failing to do, and that is to respond to this unprecedented crisis.”