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Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo Issues Statement on Arrival of Third Bus Carrying Migrants to Los Angeles

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Wendy Carrillo (AD-52)

LOS ANGELES, CA - On Thursday, July 13th, 2023, a bus carrying 35 migrants arrived in Los Angeles from Texas, marking the third arrival of a bus filled with asylum seekers. In response, the LA welcomes collective, composed of a wide network of immigrant rights organizations, legal services providers, and faith-based organizations, mobilized in coordination with the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles to provide essential support and services to the new arrivals.

Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement commending the collaboration between local and regional governments and community organizations working to address the arrival:

“I commend the L.A. Welcomes Collective and its dedicated members for their exceptional work in providing vital support and services to the migrants arriving in Los Angeles. Amid a charged political environment, in which politicians in other states demonize and disparage undocumented people, refugees, and asylum seekers, Los Angeles is coming together to offer comfort, resources and shelter to human beings in crisis. My office stands ready to assist the efforts of the collective.

As a leading organization within the LA Welcomes collective, Gloria Cruz, Policy Advocacy Director for CHIRLA issued the following statement: 

"As an Immigrant rights organization advocating for humane and compassionate integration of migrants to our society and a leader in the L.A. Welcomes Collective, we know how important it is for recently arrived asylum seekers to encounter humanitarian services, veritable information about immigration laws, and coordination between different entities, in the city that receives them.  Regardless of where  migrants come from, mode of transportation, or intent, we will make every effort to maximize our limited resources to receive them with dignity and respect.  This work would not be possible without the partnerships between the city and county's Offices of Immigrant Affairs,  Emergency Management Departments and elected offices.”

Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo was elected to the California State Assembly in December 2017. She represents the 52nd District of California, encompassing East Los Angeles, Northeast Los Angeles, and parts of Glendale. She has served as the Chair of Budget Sub-Committee #4 on State Administration, and a member of the Appropriations, Health, Housing and Community Development, and Utilities and Energy Committees, as well as Chair of the Select Committee on Latina Inequities.