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Denver Mayor Tries to Handle the Migrant Crisis as Texas Busses Continue

Tom Handy
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As Texas sees a rising number of migrants cross its borders, Governor Greg Abbott and El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser have busses some to nearby Denver, Colorado.

Governor Abbott said he has bussed over 1,800 migrants to Denver.

According to the City’s migrant dashboard, Denver has supported 20,739 migrants. The City stated 503 migrants arrived in the past two days.

Mayor Johnston said in his Thursday address according to ABC 7:

“We have people here who want to work. I also get calls from employers around the city who want to hire the people that have arrived. And we have a federal government that is in the way of employees who want to work and employers who want to hire them."

Johnston provided an update on the housing situation for migrants as reported by Fox 31:

“We are focused intensely on bringing on the other 917 units we’re going to need to be able to move more and more people that are unsheltered off the streets and into housing.”
“We’re making great progress against that goal, both on our work with micro-communities, on hotels and on direct access to leased units. So this for us is a real affirmation of what we know is a strategy that has worked and will work.”

Mayor Johnston also spoke about housing 1,000 homeless people and trying to house migrants at the same time has been challenging.

Johnson said according to Channel 9 News:

"From the beginning we have said we think these are distinct populations with very different sets of needs, that use different interventions to support them."

It’s unlikely the number of migrants arriving will slow down as long as migrants continue to cross the southern border of Texas and other areas.

Do you think Denver can handle the current crisis it faces?

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