The “horrified” buses of the Bay Area company it sold are used to transport migrants across the United States

A Bay Area shuttle company says it is not involved in Republican governors’ efforts to transport migrants across the United States, although buses with its signature rainbow pattern on the side and name – Marin Airporter – have been plastered into the news coverage.

The San Rafael-based company operates eight routes in Marin County and makes some of its buses available for hire, but the company said it was caught off guard when a bus with its logo was seen leaving last week. migrants from Texas to New York.

GOP Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida recently began transporting newly arrived immigrants to liberal cities and states, and sometimes right to the homes of political opponents in what critics have called a ‘ political acrobatics at the expense of a group of vulnerable people. The immigrants arrived in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago, Martha’s Vineyard and, at one point, on the doorstep of Vice President Kamala Harris’ home.

Some immigrants said they did not know where they would be sent or why.

A Marin Airporter executive told the Times that the company was “horrified” to be linked to the practice of moving migrants across the country, and was shocked to learn that buses sold in May were being used to transport some people.

“Marin Airporter is deeply saddened that our name has been linked to the exploitation of vulnerable humans,” said David Hughes, vice president of the company. “The buses seen by the national media bringing migrants to New York from Texas do not belong to the Marin Airporter.”

Hughes said two buses were sold to a Houston-based company four months ago and, for an unknown reason, the Texas company did not remove the logo from the buses.

It is standard practice for new bus owners to repaint vehicle logos and names before using them, Hughes said. Before delivering the buses, he said, Marin Airporter made sure to remove his Department of Transportation number on the bus side as well.

Ever since he found out buses were being used to move immigrants across the country, Hughes said Marin Airporter has been in contact with the Texas company repeatedly and has repeatedly asked for the logo to be removed from buses.

The company, which Hughes refused to name, did not respond.

“We would never have been a part of anything like that,” Marin Airporter tweeted.

It’s unclear why the company refused to repaint the buses, Hughes said. Marine Airporter did business with the company in the past, selling two more buses last year. Those buses were repainted with no problems.

In a statement, Abbott’s office said Texas has bused more than 7,900 immigrants to Washington since April, more than 2,200 in New York and more than 300 in Chicago.

In California, eight Venezuelan immigrants who are seeking asylum have landed in Sacramento after being flown from Texas last week. The men told a defense group that none of them intended to travel to Sacramento, but they received documents that now require them to check in with immigration officials there.