LOS ANGELES – Mayor Karen Bass today issued the following statement:
“It is evil to endanger the lives of vulnerable migrants by sending a bus with families and toddlers on board to a city that at the time was under an unprecedented tropical storm warning. As I stood with state and local leaders warning Angelenos to stay safe and brace themselves for the worst of the coming storm, 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 bus departed from Brownsville yesterday as City officials warned Angelenos to brace for the peak impact of Tropical Storm Hilary and arrived around 6:45 PM PT today at L.A. Union Station. Mayor Bass and her team became aware of the bus while the City of Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center was activated at a Level II.
This is the ninth bus that has arrived. The City continues to work with City Departments, the County, and a coalition of nonprofit organizations, in addition to faith partners, to execute a plan set in place earlier this year.