The state of Texas is collecting donations from the public to help fund the transportation of migrants to Washington, D. C., and New York City.
“In the wake of President Biden’s decision to end Title 42 expulsions, Governor Abbott has directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management to charter buses to transport migrants to Washington, D. C. You can donate online now by credit card* or donate by mail by sending a check to the address below,” a message reads on the website for the Office of the Governor.
The state has collected $118,297 as of July 22, according to the website for Gov. Greg Abbott’s office. Texas has been billed nearly $7 million from busing and security contractors as of mid-July, the Washington Examiner reported Sunday.
The message from Abbott’s office notes that unused donations will go to funding construction for a Texas border wall. The state is also collecting donations for that initiative, which has collected $55,334,747 as of July 22.
Abbott began sending buses of migrants to Washington, D. C., in April, after conservative leaders had threatened sending migrants to liberal cities and vacation hot spots as the crisis along the border continues.
More than 6,000 migrants have been bused to the city as of August, while the first buses of migrants to New York City began arriving last weekend. Abbott first called for private donations to be made to the transportation effort back in April, the Texas Tribune reported.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams has slammed the transportation of migrants to New York as “horrific,” arguing that some migrants did not realize they were headed to New York City. NYC’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Manuel Castro has accused Abbott of being “morally corrupt,” calling the busing of migrants to New York a “political ploy” aimed to “foment anti-immigrant sentiment.”
“You cannot take the words of Governor Abbott seriously. He’s demonstrated his moral character with these actions, and they’re disgusting. We do know that people are arriving with a great amount of needs because of the treatment they’ve received in the state of Texas,” Castro said outside The New York Times building in Manhattan last week. “Again, this must be condemned. This must be looked into. And our federal government will … take steps to hold them accountable.”… (Read more)