(DailyVantage.com) – Denver, Colorado, may have to rethink its status as a sanctuary city for migrants after it spent millions on transporting migrants to other states.
While the city continues to call migrants “guests,” the city has been unavoidably burdened with the exhaustion of resources it can provide these people. According to a report by CBS News, the city has spent close to $4.5 million just to relocate 12,000 “guests” to other states.
Denver City’s spokesperson told Fox News that many of the migrants’ final destinations were other areas in the U.S. where they had families, friends, or other support systems waiting for them.
They move because of the “built-in support systems from family and friends” in the areas they are transferred to, the spokesperson said, adding that migrants move to areas where they feel they will be able to maximize the skills they have.
Transportation expenses incurred by the city for the migrants cover requests for train, bus, and even plane tickets. However, the latter did account for the smallest cost, with only a few hundred migrants truly needing transportation by plane. The city government said that transportation requests from migrants are granted on a case-by-case basis, “after insurances are gathered,” if the person or family requesting the transfer truly needs or wants to go to a certain location.
The migrant crisis has seen the city of Denver stretch its resources thin. The city’s mayor, Mike Johnston, is among several leaders from cities around the country that are asking the White House and the Biden administration for financial aid. Denver is seeking $5 billion in supplemental funds, and an additional $1.4 billion, subject to Congressional approval, is needed for border security programs.
Aside from transportation costs, Denver has also spent almost $25 million to house migrants. The city is one of many that have seen a large influx of migrants in recent months; the city has already declared a state of emergency due to the number of migrants it needs to support.
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