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Denver is Preparing For an Influx of Migrants From Texas

Tom Handy

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Venezuelan migrants are crossing the United States and Mexican border in higher numbers since they started arriving over the past 14 years. President Joe Biden granted Venezuelan migrants temporary protected status for 18 months.

Venezuelans are experiencing economic, political, and social issues and under the Trump administration, he granted some measures for their protection on his last day in office.

Over 6 million Venezuelans have crossed the border. They are now the second largest nationality after Mexicans to cross the U.S. border illegally.

Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Chris Magnus said:

“Failing communist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba are driving a new wave of migration across the Western Hemisphere, including the recent increase in encounters at the southwest U.S. border.”

The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless in downtown Denver said a migrant family was seeking assistance. The agency doesn’t work with migrants.

Cathay Alderman, spokesperson for the agency said the family had paperwork from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and that they were released from a facility in Texas.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott's office stated they have only bussed migrants to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Chicago.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's office is aware of the migrants but has not made any comment.

A spokesperson for the Border Patrol, Valeria Morales said:

“Generally, after processing, migrants who are not detained for the duration of their removal proceeding are provisionally released in coordination with NGOs [non-governmental organizations]. If NGOs are over capacity, U.S. Border Patrol coordinates with local government and cities to identify locations where migrants can conveniently access transportation services or accommodations.”

Denver talks about some possible options for migrants in this recent video:

Jennifer Piper of the American Friends Service Committee, an agency helping migrants relocate said:

"We're trying to create a system now in Denver where nonprofits and homeless shelters know that this is happening so they can contact us for support."

For the last year and a half, the state has typically had one to two migrants arrive monthly. Then the past two months, the number grew to nine to 10 people a month over the past two months according to Piper.

Executive director at the Colorado Hosting Asylum Network Denise Change said:

"The people who are arriving here without any contacts don't have anywhere to go."

Denver will have to prepare and make arrangements as migrants leave border states.

How do you think Denver will handle migrants?

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