Democrats on the Los Angeles City Council want to seek human trafficking charges against Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Council members voted to consider pursuing lawsuits against Abbott over his policy of busing illegal border crossers from Texas to their “sanctuary city.”
On Wednesday, the council voted unanimously for two motions to consider lawsuits against Gov. Abbott and the border state of Texas.
The Democrat-controlled council believes Abbott could be criminally charged for kidnapping and human trafficking of the migrants.
“The message is clear that the city of Los Angeles will not accept this kind of behavior,” Democrat Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martínez told KTLA-TV.
“The governors are doing this for political points and that is unacceptable, we cannot be playing with people’s lives in that way,” he added.
“So, if they did something unlawful, we want to make sure that we cover it and we take any proper steps.”
The second motion called on law enforcement officials in California to investigate and prosecute Abbott over his busing policy.
Abbott spokesperson Andrew Mahaleris responded to the motions in a statement.
Mahaleris blasted the “sanctuary city” council for hypocrisy.
“The L.A. City Council members are complete hypocrites,” Mahaleris said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.
“In June, they unanimously voted to become a sanctuary city, welcoming migrants to the city.”
He went on to add that migrants had voluntarily agreed to take the bus ride to Los Angeles and that they had “signed a voluntary consent waiver available in multiple languages upon boarding that they agreed on the destination.”
Mahaleris also denied the accusation from some that there was not enough food or water for the migrants on the buses for the long trip to California.
In a statement in June, Abbott excoriated L.A. city officials over their response to the border crisis.
Abbott said that he would continue sending migrants until Democrat President Joe Biden did more to secure the U.S.-Mexico border against illegal crossings.
“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,” wrote Abbott at the time.
“Our border communities are on the frontlines 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.”
On Wednesday, KTLA reported that another migrant bus arrived at Union Station in L.A.
The bus was carrying migrants from Guatemala, Honduras, Venezuela, and Peru.
Since June 16, eleven buses carrying more than 400 migrants have arrived in Los Angeles from Texas, according to city officials.