DENVER -- Another 44 asylum seekers are expected to arrive in Denver late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning from New Mexico, the second time nonprofits coordinated the transport to Denver.
El Paso-based nonprofit Annunciation House paid $5,000 to bus the migrants to Denver-area churches and nonprofits that agreed to host them temporarily while volunteers connect them to their host families in other cities and states, Annunciation House director Ruben Garcia said. Annunciation House worked with Denver-area nonprofits to coordinate the effort last month after the nonprofit shelters reached capacity. The migrants typically only stay for 48 hours or less in the host locations before they head to their sponsors and await immigration hearings.
The New Mexico governor’s office paid about $4,000 to transport the asylum seekers by bus to Denver in May but said it was the only time it planned to foot the bill. A spokeswoman for the governor’s office confirmed on Tuesday that the nonprofits coordinated the transportation.
Garcia would not confirm which Denver-area churches have agreed to house the asylum seekers, saying he would leave it up to Denver’s faith communities to share the news.
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