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Chinatown church aids migrants sent to LA by Texas governor

Texas Governor Greg Abbott sent a busload of migrants to the Union Station on the outskirts of Los Angeles Chinatown, reports FOX11.

Two busloads of about 40 people arrived Wednesday and are being cared for by the St. Anthony’s Croatian Church in Chinatown.

Crews from the Office of Emergency Services and Public Health arrived at the church earlier in the day to prepare after receiving rumors about the possible arrival.

The city has been planning for this day for months as Abbott has pulled similar stunts in numerous other sanctuary cities.

“Small Texas border towns remain overrun and overwhelmed because Biden refuses to secure the border,” Abbott tweeted.

ABC7 reports the group of migrants included children as young as 2. They were mainly from Venezuela, Honduras and Guatemala.

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights assisted in welcoming the migrants.

“We cannot control what Governor Abbott does in Texas, how he decides to treat human beings, but here in the city of Los Angeles, with our county of Los Angeles partners and the entirety of the immigrant rights infrastructure, we have a different choice to make,” said CHIRLA’s Executive Director Angelica Salas. “Our choice is to receive individuals with humanity, with dignity, and to provide them with the information that they need in order to begin their new life in this country.”

The migrants received both legal and medical assistance. Some families have been separated from their loved ones and efforts will be made to reunite them.

One CHIRLA worker said the migrants were on the bus for 23 hours without food or drinks.

“Los Angeles is not a city motivated by hate or fear and we absolutely will not be swayed or moved by petty politicians playing with human lives,” said LA Mayor Karen Bass in a statement. “We are a city that seeks to treat all people with dignity and compassion and we will continue to work closely with non-profit organizations.”

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