Denver’s neighbors say enough is enough

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A hard no.

That’s the message several counties around the Denver metro area delivered to Colorado’s capital city after it welcomed more than 41,424 illegal immigrants in less than two years.

They view Denver, a city of 710,000 residents that has spent an estimated $120 million taking care of the border crossers, as a cautionary tale and don’t want its migrant crisis, which has nearly depleted city resources, to become theirs.

Douglas County, El Paso County, Weld County, and Aurora have all taken steps to prevent officials from using funds for undocumented migrant services. All have made it known that they have no plans to take in any migrants, arguing their budgets will buckle under the strain.

Douglas and El Paso went a step further and sued the state and its Democratic governor, alleging that two laws prohibiting local governments from working with federal authorities on immigration enforcement violate Colorado’s Constitution.

“I don’t blame the Venezuelan migrants,” Douglas County Commissioner Abe Laydon told the Washington Examiner. “I blame bad public policy because Denver held up a big sign saying ‘Welcome.’ When you put that big welcome sign on your state and on your city, I don’t blame Venezuelan migrants for saying, ‘Well, they said it was a sanctuary city.’”

Alyssa Gross, a retail worker in Douglas County, believes the reasons behind the county’s actions are more nefarious than elected officials are letting on.

“People will talk about our population being too high, how inflation affects us, housing, all of that, but at the end of the day, if the migrants were white, it would not be an issue,” she told the Washington Examiner.


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