Texas has spent $12.7 million, or $1,400 per passenger, busing migrants to New York and D.C.

Texas has spent $12.7 million, or $1,400 per passenger, busing migrants to New York and D.C.

Texas has spent nearly $13 million transporting migrants to New York City and Washington, D.C., according to the Texas Division of Emergency Management. As of Aug. 9, Texas paid charter company Wynne Transportation $12.7 million to bus thousands of migrants to the East Coast, CNN reported Wednesday, citing a spreadsheet obtained through an open records request. The Division of Emergency Management confirmed those numbers to several news organizations.
Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) office said more than 7,400 willing migrants have been bused to D.C. and more than 1,500 to New York since April, meaning his administration is spending about $1,400 per migrant to transport. “Comparatively, a one-way, same-day ticket on a Greyhound bus from El Paso costs $291 to New York City and $324 to Washington, D.C.,” the El Paso Times reports. “Same-day flights to either destination are under $400.” Abbott has requested private donations to offset the cost to taxpayers, but had received just $167,828 as of Aug. 17, CNN reports. 
Abbott rolled out the busing program as part of his multibillion-dollar Operation Lone Star border initiative. He said Wednesday that Chicago has been added to the list of destination cities.
Critics of the program call it an election-year political stunt, and New York and D.C. leaders have indicated their displeasure, but Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) said it’s actually a pretty good deal for the migrants themselves. “It is usually the responsibility of released migrants to cover the cost of their travel throughout the U.S. as their asylum cases are pending in court,” CNN notes.
Abbot’s goal is “to demonize migrants and incite fear among Americans,” but his “busing strategy has brought them closer to their destinations and saved them travel costs,” Escobar told the El Paso Times. “In reality, providing transportation to migrants when coordinated with NGOs to cities with capacity to help is a glimpse into what humanitarian support systems could look like in America if we prioritized assistance and community-based services to those arriving at our nation’s front door.”

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GOP looks for Senate campaign reset heading toward November

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This post was originally published on this siteRepublicans are looking to hit the reset button on their Senate midterm election playbook after weeks of poor polls and stories about Democratic momentum. Senate GOP candidates emerged from primaries battered, bruised and struggling to gain traction in their general election matchups. Even...

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What to watch for at Thursday’s hearing over documents seized at Mar-a-Lago

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This post was originally published on this siteAfter an explosive court brief and picture of classified documents from Mar-a-Lago earlier this week, the Justice Department will argue in court Thursday against a request by former President Donald Trump that a so-called special master be appointed in to review the evidence...

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‘Extremist threat to our democracy’: What Biden hopes to accomplish in prime-time speech Thursday

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This post was originally published on this sitePresident Joe Biden believes what he calls “MAGA Republicans” represent an “extremist threat to our democracy,” the White House said.     

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There aren’t enough young farmers. Congress is looking to change that

There aren’t enough young farmers. Congress is looking to change that

This post was originally published on this site Attracting a younger generation is key to building a sustainable food system, but getting access to land is a huge barrier to entering farming, according to a new survey. (Image credit: Bobbi Wilson )

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Is this Ukraine’s breakthrough moment?

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This post was originally published on this siteQuentin Sommerville reports from the Donbas front line as Ukraine tries to seize the initiative from Russia.

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New DOJ Filing Raises Security Red Flags and Legal Challenges

New DOJ Filing Raises Security Red Flags and Legal Challenges

A new DOJ filing reveals that Donald Trump held onto more than twice as many classified documents as those his lawyers had turned over in June, and that the documents were likely concealed or mishandled in compromising ways in the former President’s residence. The search warrant and other DOJ filings...

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Garland places new restrictions on political activities for Justice Department political appointees

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This post was originally published on this siteAttorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday announced new restrictions on the political activities of political appointees in the Justice Department, including restricting their ability to participate in partisan political events.

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Crist resigns from House ahead of gubernatorial election

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This post was originally published on this siteRep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), the Democratic nominee for governor of Florida, is resigning from the House and leaving his term early as the heads into the height of campaign season. Crist’s resignation will be effective at the end of the day on Wednesday, according to...

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Ukraine has launched its counteroffensive in Kherson region, and analysts see forward progress

Ukraine has launched its counteroffensive in Kherson region, and analysts see forward progress

Ukraine on Monday launched its long-projected counteroffensive in southern Kherson province, the country’s first major offensive to retake territory seized by Russia after its Feb. 24 invasion. Ukrainian forces broke through Russia’s defensive lines in several sectors and destroyed pontoon ferries it had been using to send troops and supplies across the Dnipro River after Ukraine rendered the main bridges inoperable, presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych said Monday night.
A Ukrainian military source told CNN that Ukrainian forces had recaptured four villages from Russia as they advance on their main target, the regional capital Kherson City. By Tuesday night, Ukraine’s armored forces were assaulting Russian forces “on several axes” and had “pushed the front line back some distance in places, exploiting relatively thinly held Russian defenses,” Britain’s Ministry of Defense wrote. 
Russia’s defense ministry has acknowledged the counteroffensive but said Ukraine is suffering heavily losses and making no significant territorial gains. “Top Ukrainian military officials have been tight-lipped about giving too many details about its reported counteroffensive, urging the wider public to be patient” and saying only that things are going according to plan, BBC News reports.
Ukraine’s counteroffensive “will require some time to correctly execute,” the U.S.-based Institute for the Study of War assessed Tuesday. “The Kremlin will likely exploit the lack of immediate victory over Kherson City or Ukrainian operational silence on the progress of the Ukrainian counteroffensive to misrepresent Ukrainian efforts as failing and to undermine public confidence in its prospects.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Tuesday evening that Ukrainian forces are doing “everything possible and impossible so that every Russian serviceman will necessarily feel the Ukrainian response to this terrible terror that Russia has brought to our land.” The Russian occupiers, he added, “can do only two things: run away or surrender. We leave them no other options.”

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