Three buses filled with migrants arrived in Los Angeles on Friday, making the 17th, 18th and 19th buses to arrive in L.A. since June. A third of all the migrants that have arrived in L.A. via bus have been children.
L.A. Welcomes Collective confirmed the arrival of the buses Friday morning, all three from Texas, including one from Brownsville and two from Del Rio.
There were a total of 109 migrants that arrived on the buses, the organization said. While complete demographics have not been made available, the migrants come from Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela.
“The LA Welcomes Collective learned of two of today’s buses early this morning, stretching our resources in order to ensure that people were greeted with dignity and respect, supported to get to their destinations, reunited with family and connected with sponsors,” the organization said in a statement.
Upon arrival, they were taken to a receiving site and provided humanitarian support services, including food, clothing, hygiene kits, health checkups and immigration-specific legal orientations. The migrants were also reunited with family members, loved ones and sponsors in the region.
The LA Welcomes Collective, which is comprised of local humanitarian groups, religious organizations and immigration advocates, blasted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his continued use of buses to transport migrants across the country.
“It is abhorrent and cruel of Governor Abbott to send human beings who are tired, hungry, and yearning for a safe haven, on a 30-hour bus ride without regard for their care, journey, or destination,” the organization said. “It is clear he is trying to disrupt our efforts, but we will persevere and so will the migrants on these buses. Texas can do better than this. America can do better than this.”
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass accused Abbott of putting “vulnerable lives in jeopardy with limited food and water on multi-day bus journeys to Los Angeles.”
Bass said the city was continuing to work with appropriate departments, the county, and local organizations to put a plan in place to address the arriving buses and urged cooperation and collaboration between the local region and the state and federal governments.