Texas says it has bused more than 16,000 migrants to northern cities this year. Governor Greg Abbott's office released a year-end review of his program Thursday.
Officials say the state started busing migrants to so-called sanctuary cities on April 13th. At first Washington D.C. was the only destination, but New York, Chicago and Philadelphia were eventually added.
All of the migrants may not be easily accounted for.
The state division of emergency management previously indicated some migrants voluntarily disembark in other cities before buses reached their destinations.
As of August 9th, Texas has paid the charter company providing the buses more than 12-million dollars.