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Colorado announces it would stop busing migrants to Chicago and New York

DENVER (KRDO) -- The state of Colorado announced Sunday it would stop busing migrants to Chicago and New York. This comes after the mayors of New York City and Chicago expressed concern for their cities.

The final bus from Denver to New York arrived Sunday.

Both cities said they've received hundreds of people from Colorado since December.

In a letter to Colorado Governor Jared Polis, they warned that local governments struggled to handle the ongoing influx of migrant arrivals.

As of Wednesday, Jan. 4, more than 36,000 migrants had entered New York's intake system and Chicago received nearly 4,000 migrants.

Last week, Gov. Jared Polis announced the state's initial plan to bus asylum seekers elsewhere ━ Polis cited extreme weather as the reason for canceling transportation and stated that 70% of migrants arriving in Denver don't have Colorado as a final destination.

Polis said he had been coordinating with teams in New York and Illinois.

According to 9NEWS, more than 3,500 migrants arrived in Denver since early November. Since then, 1,600 left.

Denver city leaders estimate they've already spent more than $1 million on sheltering efforts and could spend $3 million over the next few months.

All three mayors have stated that they believe the federal government should step in and assist cities and states with the crisis.

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