DENVER — Fifty-five asylum seekers arrived by bus in Denver Monday morning and various faith and nonprofit groups worked to help them. The city released a statement voicing support for their efforts later in the day.

Various groups were joining together to help the migrants connect with their sponsors in the United States. 

“Denver will always be a welcoming place for people seeking refuge,” Mayor Hancock said in an emailed statement. “I am proud of our community for proactively stepping in to provide support in uniting these individuals with their family and friends. They deserve our compassion, not condemnation.”

The press release adds that Denver did not coordinate or fund the effort but is happy to see the city's residents work to help those fleeing violence in their home countries.

Three faith communities are temporarily housing the migrants in coordination with two nonprofits — Casa de Paz and the American Friends Service Committee, the city said.

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