Another Bus of Migrants Arrives in Downtown Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES—Exciting news! On September 25th, the 16th bus carrying migrants from Texas made its way to downtown Los Angeles. This time, the bus brought 38 asylum seekers, including 23 adults and 15 children, from Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, and Venezuela.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), a prominent organization on X (formerly known as Twitter), confirmed the arrival of the bus. They also highlighted the dire situation some of the migrants were facing, stating that “some have not eaten in days.”
CHIRLA, a member of the Los Angeles Welcomes Collective, emphasized the need for support and compassion towards asylum-seekers. They stated, “Asylum-seekers are human beings who have undergone traumatic experiences in their country of origin and while en route to the safe haven they call USA. They are in distress and need our support. As a nation, we have been kind to strangers and we will do it again.”
The Los Angeles Welcomes Collective, along with the city and county of Los Angeles, have been actively responding to the arrival of migrant buses. Their efforts aim to provide assistance and resources to those in need.
These bus arrivals are part of Operation Lone Star, orchestrated by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Governor Abbott has expressed concerns about the overwhelming number of immigrants crossing the Mexican border into Texas. He stated, “Texas secures the border in Pres. [Joe] Biden’s absence.”
Mayor Karen Bass of Los Angeles has raised concerns about the lack of communication from Governor Abbott’s office regarding the shipments. She believes that coordination and information sharing are essential to address the needs of the arriving migrants. Mayor Bass expressed her frustration, saying, ”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. Sometimes they haven’t had any food, barely had enough water.”
In June, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion to establish the city as a sanctuary city. They have also initiated an investigation into potential crimes related to the shipments of migrants.
What approach should city officials and community organizations take to address the needs of both migrants and existing residents in Los Angeles