DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (CNS) -- Another bus carrying migrants from Texas arrived in Los Angeles Saturday morning, the 13th such arrival since June 14, according to Mayor Karen Bass' office.
"One bus with migrants on board from Texas arrived around 8:55 AM PT today at Union Station," said Zach Seidl, deputy mayor of communications. "This is the thirteenth bus that has arrived. 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. As we have before, when we became aware of the bus yesterday, we activated our plan."
According to city officials, Los Angeles has welcomed nearly 500 migrants from Texas since the first bus arrived.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) said the group included 12 families - 32 men and 14 women - and 15 children. They come from Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. According to the group, many reported having little or no food in 25 hours.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been orchestrating the trips under Operation Lone Star, 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 says the operation is intended to counter the influx of immigrants, illegal drug trade and human smuggling. On X (formerly Twitter), Abbott said the operation as of Aug. 26 has resulted in more than 420,800 apprehensions, 33,600 criminal arrests, 30,500 felony charges, 436 million fentanyl doses seized and 33,230 migrants bused to cities established as "Sanctuary Cities."
Abbott added, "Texas secures the border in Pres. (Joe) 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.
Bass has complained that Abbott's office does not share enough information with Los Angeles about the shipments. She told KNX that if Abbott's concerns and actions were legitimate and sincere, then "someone in the government and Texas would notify us and coordinate with us."
"We hear about the buses headed our way when they're on the way. We have no idea who's going to be on the bus, how many people it is or what condition they're going to be in when they get here," she said. "Sometimes they haven't had any food, barely had enough water."
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.