The state of Texas has incurred a staggering cost of over $100 million due to a program that redirects migrants to various regions across the nation, as per recent data from the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
In an effort to address the influx of migrants, Texas has spent more than $124 million on this voluntary program, dispatching over 100,000 migrants to major cities throughout the country. Notably, Texas taxpayers bear the brunt of the financial burden associated with this initiative.
While some Republicans argue that the program has yielded positive outcomes, prompting Democrats to reconsider their stance on the ongoing border crisis, others criticize the substantial costs and logistical challenges it poses.
Texas is not alone in this endeavor, with Arizona initiating a similar program under former Governor Doug Ducey (R) and continuing under the current Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs. Additionally, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has pursued a comparable strategy, even funding the relocation of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, a decision met with opposition from local residents.
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Since President Joe Biden assumed office in 2021, over six million migrants have entered the United States, setting a new record with more than three million border encounters in 2023. The surge intensified following the Biden administration’s decision to end former President Donald Trump’s Title 42 asylum policy. December 2023 marked a record-breaking month, surpassing 300,000 encounters.
Despite being designated as sanctuary locations, certain Democratic-led areas, such as Denver and New York City, have voiced objections to hosting migrants and have opted to transfer them to other parts of the country. The escalating costs associated with migrant relocation have also triggered budget cuts in several regions.