Texas paid more than $124 million to bus migrants to sanctuary cities, records reveal, according to KXAN.
As of Jan. 10, Texas had spent $124,603,616.19 busing more than 100,000 migrants across the southern border to sanctuary cities, according to documents obtained by the state. nextstar showed that.
For the record: Abbott's Migrant Buses Cost Texas $124 Million | Approximately 99.6% of the total cost of these buses is borne by taxpayers.
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The paper said there were a total of 2,245 bus trips, with 45 migrants per bus. Migrants were sent to Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Denver and Los Angeles, according to documents obtained by the outlet through a Freedom of Information request to the Texas Emergency Management Agency.
Most of the payments were made to Wynne Transportation LLC, and many of the other payments were made to Transportation Management Services Inc., according to the documents.
Approximately 99.6% of the cost of the bus project was covered by taxpayer funds. The money was earmarked by the Texas Legislature for Texas Governor Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star, the paper said. (Related: House Homeland Security Committee approves two articles of impeachment against Alejandro Mayorkas)
Mr. Abbott has also raised $460,196 through a donation portal as of December 2023 to help cover his costs. according to Go to the governor's office. Bus transportation to sanctuary cities is reportedly voluntary, so migrants do not pay the state for bus tickets. The document does not disclose the cost of a single bus ticket.
Border Patrol recorded more than 2.3 million encounters with illegal immigrants crossing the southern border in fiscal year 2022, and more than 2.4 million encounters in fiscal year 2023. federal data is shown.