Well, those taxpayer-paid “free” bus trips for migrants did not sit well with Abbott’s base.
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.
How does one fail at being an asshole? It’s the easiest thing for Republicans, but this time, Abbott really screwed up at the task of “sticking it to Biden.”
Thus far, the Trib reports, Abbott has collected over $60K for the welcome wagon, which also provides meals for migrants. One must ask, though: Why isn’t he using some of that $55 million in donated border wall money? And who is accounting for all this donated money? And can people even write it off at the end of the year?
Tony Payan at Rice’s Baker Center gives us a little truth: “It’s a political circus,” Payan said. “It’s going to have no impact whatsoever on the conditions on the ground.”
So, again, I ask: As much as Dems are praising Abbott for his failed assholity, where’s the action from a Democratic majority in DC to fix this broken immigration system? Obviously, we have some assholity issues on our side, too, and their names are Machin, Synema, and maybe even the astronaut dude from Arizona.