By Michael Abeyta

DENVER (CBS4) – The mayor of Denver says the city’s doors are open to migrants. Now, New Mexico’s governor says she knows of no plans to send more immigrants to Colorado.

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Saturino Escalante and his son arrived in Denver Monday after a long trip from Guatemala. They were two of 55 immigrants from Central America seeking aslyum.

They were sent to Colorado churches. Nonprofits from New Mexico organizations have been trying to help them connect to family and friends in the United States.

US activists are pictured from the Mexican side at the border between the US and Mexico during a protest against the new construction plan of about 34km of steel wall between Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and Ejido San Jeronimo, in the municipality of Juarez, Chihuahua state, Mexico, on June 2, 2018 in Ciudad Juarez. (credit: HERIKA MARTINEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

In an interview Monday with CBS4’s Karen Morfitt, Pastor Michael Hidalgo from Denver Community Church said, “What we are doing is we are helping them connect to their family and their friends and their support networks here.”

“We walked a lot we didn’t sleep we didn’t eat sometimes,” Escalante said Monday.

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Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico’s governor, paid about $4,000 for a bus to be chartered up to Denver because the state is being overwhelmed by asylum seekers released from custody by the federal government.

A spokesperson for the governor’s office says they are not trying to burden the state of Colorado, they are just trying to help organizations in their state who are dealing with a humanitarian crisis.

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It’s a problem local leaders have heard about from their colleagues.

“I’ve had conversations with the mayor of Albuquerque for example. They were seeing as many as a thousand people a month coming into their city,” Mayor Michael Hancock told CBS4’s Shaun Boyd on Tuesday.

Denver Community Church helped 23 people. In addition to giving them sanctuary, their faith community donated food water and clothing to the refugees.

Michael Hidalgo (credit: CBS)

“We do everything in our power to reflect and put hands and feet on the love, mercy and compassion of God that informs our faith as a church,” said Hidalgo. “And so whatever that means for us in our world or city or country, we believe that’s our first response and really our only response.”

Gov. Jared Polis’ office said no state resources were used to transport or help the migrants, and they did not receive a warning the asylum seekers were coming.

New Mexico’s governor says Polis wasn’t given a heads up that these asylum seekers were coming because the idea to help bus was an emergency decision made on a Sunday, but that Polis’ office has been supportive of New Mexico’s efforts to deal with their immigrant crisis.

Michael Abeyta

  1. This is GREAT for Colorado! Hopefully they will send all the “refugees” to a state like Colorado that loves immigrants.

    Lets see, we have Democrat / Socialist / Activists in the Northern Triangle of South America & Mexico; even as you read this instructing the populations the “benefits” & laws of coming top the USA and to make sure you bring your children and use the the magic words…..”credible fear.”

    Then you have a Democrat House saying the crisis is “manufactured” as literally thousands attack our border daily? National Sovereignty is a myth to Democrats. The crisis is manufactured…by the Democrats themselves. Make no mistake about this, Democrats want this to happen and never stop.. They will with hold border security support allowing as many illegal aliens to enter the country as possible overwhelming our BP & ICE before assisting in border security (if ever).

    To Democrats/Progressives/Socialists (whats the difference?) programs like Temporary Protective Status (TPS) or Deferred Action for Childhood arrivals (DACA) are permanent programs. There is nothing “temporary or deferred” about these programs to Democrats. These programs are designed to admit refugees (usually from the third world) then Democrats fight to keep them here permanently using the charge of racism, religion, guilt against anyone opposed. Simple formula works great.

    Besides the costs, It seems Democrats view U.S. citizens as acceptable collateral damage to their future long range goals of flooding the country with refugees & illegal aliens and having taxpayers paying the cost. Democrat politicians and their voters have put families at risk of being victimized by illegal aliens

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