May 18, 2023 - News

Bus carrying migrants from Texas arrives in Denver

Venezuelan migrants wait in line for food from a food truck at a migrant processing center on May 9, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

A bus with 41 migrants sent by Texas state officials arrived in Denver on Thursday, the city said in a statement.

Why it matters: It's the first time people were sent to the city by another state, adding to the situation Mayor Michael Hancock has called a "humanitarian crisis."

  • Most migrants have arrived in Denver on commercial transportation.

By the numbers: The city says it's provided services to 10,070 migrants since they began arriving in large numbers in December 2022.

  • 98 more migrants arrived in Denver by noon Thursday, officials said.
  • 134 are staying in emergency shelters operated by the city, and 1,056 are staying in shelters with partnering agencies.

What they're saying: "If Gov. Abbott thinks he's going to win over allies to his cause here in Denver with this latest stunt, he's going to be sorely mistaken," Hancock said in a statement on Thursday.

  • The mayor added his administration will be "more than happy to send him the bill" for additional support provided to migrants sent by Texas.

The other side: Axios reached out to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's office for additional comment and has yet to hear back.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with a statement from Mayor Hancock's office.


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