Photo: Sarah Reingewirtz/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images
Photo: Sarah Reingewirtz/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images

Texas sends 9th bus carrying migrants to L.A. as Hurricane Hilary breaks out


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Tropical Storm Hilary, a Category 4 hurricane, was building momentum in the Pacific before crashing ashore in Mexico, bringing record-breaking rainfall to all of Southern California causing flooding, mudslides and rock slides. 

And as Los Angeles was under an unprecedented storm warning and officials were urging residents not to travel, Texas and Gov. Greg Abbott sent its latest bus of migrants to the City of Angels. 

The ninth bus carrying 37 migrants sent by Texas since mid-June arrived at Union Station on Monday afternoon. L.A. Mayor Karen Bass criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott afterward, calling the move “evil.”

“As I stood with state and local leaders warning Angelenos to stay safe and brace themselves for the worst of the coming storm,” Bass said in a news release, “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 first-year Mayor said. 

On the bus were 16 families, including 14 children and an infant, according to the immigrant rights group the L.A. Welcomes Collective. Twenty of them are from Venezuela, with the others coming from Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Ecuador.

“Migrants were immediately taken to a receiving site in Chinatown where they were offered urgent humanitarian support services, including food, clothing, hygiene kits, health checkups, and immigration-specific legal orientations,” the collective said.

Some of the migrants were reunited with family members or sponsors.

Immigration activists also on Monday, called the transportation of migrants during a tropical storm “reprehensible.”

“It displays a complete and total lack of common humanity,” Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, said in a release.

360 people have arrived in Los Angeles on buses sent from Texas as a part of Abbott’s state-funded anti immigration initiative, Operation Lone Star. The last bus carrying 40 asylum seekers, including a 9-month-old infant, arrived at Union Station last week.

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