Denver mayor bemoans potential $180 million impact of immigrant influx

Colorado Mayor Mike Johnston warned that without federal intervention, it could cost the sanctuary city of Denver $180 million to care for the recent influx of immigrants.

Johnson, who is in Washington attending the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said his visit also included a meeting with President Joe Biden. The Democratic mayor said over 36,000 immigrants have arrived in his city since December 2022.

“There are heartbreaking stories every day, but we also know without federal support and without federal action, the impact on a city like Denver, this would be $180 million impact on our budget in 2024,” Johnston told MSNBC’s José Díaz-Balart Reports Friday. “That’s more than 10% of our entire city budget.”

Denver is determined to house immigrant women and children so that they are not left in the street, especially during Colorado’s harsh winter. The weather also calls for winter clothing, which the city
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