On Monday morning, Denver greeted migrants who arrived from Texas. Migrants have arrived before but this group arrived at the capitol steps in Denver.
The bus arrived with about 40 to 50 migrants around 8:30 am on December 4.
Denver Democratic Senator Julie Gonzales was there according to the Denver Post. Migrants said they arrived from Eagle Pass, Texas which has been seeing a large number of migrants enter Texas.
Gonzales said the migrants she spoke to arrived from Venezuela.
Evan Dreyer, deputy chief of staff to Denver Mayor Mike Johnston said according to the Herald Palladium:
“The state of Texas, the governor’s office, has contracted with two or three different bus companies to transport migrants out of Texas to various locations around the country, Denver being one of those locations.”
“That’s our understanding, and that’s how this has operated for several months. Denver has received more than 200 charter buses direct from Texas over the last six months.”
Another Denver resident felt this was wrong.
Jon Ewing, spokesperson for Denver Human Services, said according to the Denver Gazette:
"This feels like a cheap shot. It feels intentional. Our shelters are not downtown. They are in different parts of the city but not right downtown. Some are even off of the interstate. All a driver has to do is just take an exit and you drop them right off."
Since last year when migrants were first bussed to Denver, the state has spent about $32 million according to the Denver Gazette.
The city has supported 29,606 migrants according to the Denver migrant database.
Two months ago, Denver Mayor Mike Johnston asked Texas not to send any more migrants to the city since they were overwhelmed according to Denver 7.
Governor Abbott’s office has not made any statements about the recent arrival in Denver. But Abbott has recently said he would continue to bus migrants to sanctuary cities in this post on X, which is formerly Twitter.
What city do you think Governor Abbott will bus the next group of migrants?