LA Council Considers Lawsuit Against Texas for Sending Migrants

( – On Aug. 30, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted 13-0 on two motions to have the city attorney general’s office investigate Texas’ migrant busing program.

The first motion will allow the city attorney general’s office to investigate if a lawsuit is warranted and if any crimes have been committed through Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s migrant busing program.

A second motion calls for Abbott’s migrant busing program to be investigated by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, California State Attorney General Rob Banta, and Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón. It also seeks assistance with the migrants from the county, state, and federal governments.

The two motions were filed on June 16, two days after the first bus from McAllen, Texas, arrived in the city. There were 42 migrants, including 18 minors, on the first bus.

The Aug. 30 vote on the two motions was held just as a bus carrying 35 more migrants arrived in the city. This was the 11th bus to arrive in the city since June 14, when Abbott began his migrant busing program. In total, 435 migrants have been sent to Los Angeles. Abbott’s busing program has transported over 30,000 migrants to the Democratic-led cities of Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Denver, and Washington, D.C.

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass, a Democrat, claims Texas officials have not communicated well about the buses and has expressed her displeasure.

Abbott spokesperson Andrew Mahaleris said in a statement that the city council members were “complete hypocrites,” as they had unanimously voted in June to become a sanctuary city.

Abbott as well as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have both sent migrants to other states as migrant crossings continue to rise at the southern border. In June, Abbott said that due to President Joe Biden’s “refusal to secure the border,”  the small border towns in Texas are “overwhelmed and overrun” by migrants illegally crossing the southern border.

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