Since December 9, Denver has seen over 5,000 enter illegally through the southern border and enter the city.
According to a new report in the Denver Post, taxpayers have paid close to $8 million in aid to these immigrants. This includes charges of $1.7 million in food, $4.5 million in personnel, and even $871,000 in travel costs.
These travel costs are for bus tickets to other cities in the U.S according to the Post, such as New York City, who has spent nearly $100 million in housing alone for immigrants. Denver has also bought tickets to Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and Dallas.
When Denver Mayor Michael Hancock issued an emergency declaration, he stated that “we have, again, failed to develop a sensible immigration strategy for this nation and to help our border cities.”
Mayor Hancock claims that the influx of migrants in Denver “have put an immense strain on city resources to the level where they’re on the verge of reaching a breaking point.”