The Texas Tribune reports:
The decision to crowdfund the free bus trips for migrants is a new development from when he initially announced on April 6 that it would be paid for by Texas taxpayers. At the time, Abbott proudly presented the trips as a tough-on-immigration act of defiance against the Biden administration.
But the shift to ask private donors to pay for the charter buses comes as his plan has been increasingly praised as an act of generosity by Democrats, immigration rights groups and even the migrants who rode the buses, while those further to Abbott’s right politically have panned it as a misuse of taxpayer dollars that incentivizes migrants to cross into Texas.
As of Thursday, the state-hosted website accepting funds for the transportation lists the current donation tally as $63,973.
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After criticism from right-wingers that he is wasting taxpayer money, and actually helping migrants, by bussing them to DC, Greg Abbott is now asking for donations to crowdfund his stunt. https://t.co/8fxfiPcdUL
— Ron Filipkowski ?? (@RonFilipkowski) April 29, 2022