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Denver Cuts Fire And Police To House Migrants

Last February, Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, got caught saying the quiet part out loud: the Americans that liberals care about are illegal immigrants. 

No city has adopted this view more than Denver. To see what politicians care about, look at what they pay. 

Denver, which is commonly referred to as a “sanctuary city,” announced on Wednesday that it will spend $89.9 million on services for incoming illegal migrants, pulling some of the funding from roughly $45 million in public programs and services. Denver’s police department will be hit with an $8.4 million reduction — about 1.9% of its total operating budget, the city confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation.

Denver became the top destination per capita for incoming migrants in 2023, having had more than 40,000 arrive that year alone — putting the total migrant population at roughly 710,000, according to NBC News. Denver already spent over $42 million in 2023 in housing and medical services for migrants and plans to spend over $100 million on similar costs in 2024.

The fire department will also suffer a $2.5 million reduction, or about 0.8% of its total operating costs, the city told the DCNF. Half of those reductions will also come from vacant positions.

The city won’t stop recruiting classes for new police officers or firefighters, but at least one class will have to be conducted at the Denver International Airport, which is paying for the cost of hosting it, according to 9 News. 911 operators will also have to be paid differently in order to save the city money.

In December, Denver’s mayor joined mayors from New York and Chicago to beg the federal government for help in dealing with illegal immigration.

NBC News recently reported that the mayor’s political director “told a group of migrant families in Denver’s main shelter last week that the city has “received too many migrants and that is why we ran out of resources.” Denver is currently sheltering about 700 people, according to city data, part of a growing number of people being bused from Texas border towns to so-called sanctuary cities like Denver.

‘If you stay here you are going to suffer even more and I don’t want to see this,’ Andres Carrera, who is also Denver’s newcomer communications liaison, said in Spanish in a video obtained by NBC News affiliate 9NEWS. As he spoke, people appeared to listen intently while children sat on the floor near his feet.

The press secretary for the mayor’s office told NBC News on Wednesday that the city began “heavily encouraging” the newly arrived to leave Denver in February as its ability to offer them assistance diminished. Denver also began limiting the number of days migrants can stay in shelter that month after a pause.”

In 2017, the city passed an ordinance codifying its resistance to federal immigration enforcement. While liberals in charge may keep complaining, the idea to repeal that decision has yet to come up.  

As Chris Murphy said, they’re just showing who they care about.   

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