Denver officials tried to pawn off illegal immigrants on nearby city and instantly regretted it

Joe Biden’s willful refusal to follow existing immigration laws has had dire consequences.

It means that even for people hundreds and thousands of miles away, the border has come to them.

Now Denver officials tried to pawn off illegal immigrants on nearby city and instantly regretted it.

Denver, Colorado has gradually turned into a left-wing bastion over the past couple of decades.

With that, the city has embraced all manner of left-wing ideology.

That means residents have come to expect everything that occurs in other deep-blue cities and states, including increased violent crime and a welcoming environment for illegal immigrants.

The city has proclaimed itself to be a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants and as a result has become a magnet for migration.

That was a manageable situation until Joe Biden essentially stopped enforcing existing laws on the southern border.

Biden brings the border to Denver and nearby communities

As millions of illegal immigrants arrived since Biden assumed the presidency, tens of thousands made their way to Denver, and with their arrival came a familiar set of problems and challenges.

It’s unfortunate for residents of Denver that disagree with the prevailing political ideology in the city, but it’s another matter for nearby communities that never signed on to that sort of thing.

The city of Lakewood is just miles from Colorado’s capital of Denver and the two cities often help each other.

But with Denver’s immigrant shelters reaching capacity, a series of bad decisions now looks to possibly become a problem for Lakewood.

Lakewood officials got caught flirting with the idea of potentially accepting a federal grant that was offered for a facility to help the homeless.

Last month, Lakewood officials met with Denver officials and on the agenda was the illegal immigrant crisis.

When questioned about it, city Manager Kathy Hodgson said there was no plan to house immigrants in Lakewood and that the purpose of the meeting was how Lakewood could help with the crisis, although there is no official plan on how the city would help and that any assistance would be voluntary.

Hodgson said, “The situation is pretty fluid in nature. So, at that time, we learned that in the past year, Denver had received over 38,000 migrant newcomers. And this is since December of 2022, about 200 arrivals per day. That’s what we learned. Denver had spent approximately $46 million on the migrant newcomers shelter and associated support in 2023, securing housing for 4,000 people through 900 leases and providing more than 700,000 meals. Their average cost has been about $4 million per month. Denver indicated at that point that they are anticipating the costs for 2024 will be approximately $180 million.”

She continued, saying, “Due to the shift away from placing migrant newcomers in shelters, Lakewood is not being solicited for hotel, motel or congregate housing support. Denver is initiating what’s called a coordinated entry program, which is dispersing migrant groups to willing cities throughout the country and outside of the Denver metro area.”

That begs the question of why Lakewood officials would have even been part of that conversation, if they weren’t going to somehow be involved in taking in illegal immigrants?

It struck many residents as being too cute by half, and they voiced their displeasure at the prospect of importing illegal immigrants at a recent city council meeting.

Angry resident: We don’t need to import Denver’s problems to our city

One speaker at the meeting said, “Don’t we have enough problems in Lakewood without having to import them from Denver?”

In the end, this is one more example of how the political elites are not listening to the people they claim to serve.

Illegal immigration figures to play a prominent role in this November’s elections with polling showing vast majorities of Americans disapprove of how immigration and the border are being handled by President Biden and congressional Democrats.

Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story. 

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