The Los Angeles City Council voted to pursue a lawsuit and criminal probe against Gov. Greg Abbott and the State of Texas for busing illegal aliens to the city.

The council voted unanimously to investigate whether the city can bring legal action against Texas and if the state’s busing of illegal aliens violated any criminal laws.

According to the council’s proposal, they requested that City District Attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto’s office “investigate and report on whether human trafficking, kidnapping, or any other crime was committed on or before June 14, 2023.”

“These motions are about investigating whether Gov. Greg Abbott committed kidnapping, human trafficking, or any other crimes when he sent vulnerable families on a 23-hour bus ride with little or no food or water,” explained Councilmember Hugo Soto-Martínez.

Along with the proposal, the council approved a separate resolution, which called on L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón, California Attorney Gen. Rob Banta, and U.S. Attorney Gen. Merrick Garland to investigate and determine if Abbott or the State of Texas committed any crimes. The resolution also urged the federal government, the state of California, and the County of Los Angeles to assist with financial, humanitarian, and legal aid to support the 42 illegal aliens dropped off in the city from McAllen, Texas.

Earlier this year, Abbott began sending buses full of illegal aliens north to relieve cities along the southern border. In June—after L.A. declared itself a “sanctuary city”—Abbott sent the first busload of illegal aliens to the city. Since then, he has sent 10 additional buses, delivering over 400 illegal aliens. Similarly, Abbott has sent more than 30,000 illegal aliens to other Democrat-run cities, including New York, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Many have criticized Abbott’s busing operation, with some city officials from Democrat-led cities complaining about the influx of illegal aliens.

During the vote, Councilmember Soto-Martinez condemned Republican governors—including Florida Gov. Ron Desantis—who are helping with the operation, calling them “racists.”

“The competition between these Republican governors about who could be more racist, I think, is just an utter failure and shows clearly that they do not have any intention to govern effectively,” said Soto-Martinez.

“The callous disregard for [the] lives of these families deserves their full investigation and accountability into the criminal actions of wrongdoing of Gov. Greg Abbott,” he added.

Abbott has yet to respond to a request for comment.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.