Starting in the summer of last year, the Texas governor, Greg Abbot, began sending buses full of migrants to cities democratically led cities, including Washington, DC. Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and Denver.
Since then, around 30,000 migrants have shown up in buses around Denver. Many are children and single parents– some made the trip alone—others with family members.
Former Mayor Michael Hancock declared a state of emergency last year, calling on local governments to unite and provide resources for the migrants. So far, Denver has spent more than $35 million on facilities, personnel, and other resources.
Even so, thousands remain unhoused, living in encampments around Denver. KGNU’s Ivonne Olivas visited one of the camps last week and has this story.
She traveled through nine countries to Denver: unhoused migrants share their stories Alexis Kenyon