Denver, CO

Denver Spends $800,000 a Week Supporting Migrants and Their Needs

Tom Handy
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Last December, Texas began bussing migrants to Denver, Colorado, and Mayor Michael Hancock tried to manage this new crisis for the City. Recent reports show the expenses have risen dramatically despite the slowdown in migrants arriving.

Chief Financial Officer Margaret Danuser said Denver was spending close to $800,000 a week supporting migrants and their needs. Through June, this would cost Denver close to $20 million.

Under President Joe Biden, most of the money and support is going to border states such as Texas and Arizona. Other cities such as New York, had to request money from FEMA and other sources since they were not the president’s priority.

In a statement, Governor Polis said in January:

"People fleeing violence and oppression in search of a better life for themselves and their families deserve our respect not political games and we are grateful we have been able to assist migrants to reach their final destination."

The non-profit Colorado’s Common Sense Institute published a report that said:

“CSI estimates that the 12-day surge in migrants between May 4th and May 15th will bring the total current cost to the City of Denver between $18.2 and $19.2 million.”
“This cost will grow, as Denver continues to provide services to new immigrants arriving daily. These costs do not include the many private contributions made to support the incoming migrants, or the in-kind contributions of food, water, and other provisions from local non-profits.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott bussed migrants to Denver last month for the first time. Previously, El Paso, Texas had been busing migrants to the city.
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It is unknown how many migrants will arrive in Denver and how often as the border situation continues to change and evolve.

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