Denver Writes the Book on How to Make Your City Migrant Friendly

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Denver has been groaning under the weight of the Biden Border Crisis. It has slashed police, fire, and every city service out there to pay the freight for illegal immigrants flooding their city. 

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It has worked so well that city bureaucrats have put together a playbook on how they have turned Denver into a migrant paradise where border crossers can suck down public resources efficiently. 

Denver is providing food and housing, along with other assistance to "newcomers" to ensure that everybody who entered the country and found their way to Denver feels especially welcome. 

Since December 2022, Denver has welcomed and assisted nearly 42,000 newcomers from the U.S. southern border, providing them with essential services and resources. Our efforts include helping people with onward travel as needed, offering temporary shelter, facilitating the search for permanent housing, and providing vital support in terms of medical and mental health, work authorization, legal assistance, school enrollment, and more.

In April 2024, Denver introduced the new Denver Asylum Seekers Program. This program will open its doors to approximately 1,000 people currently in our newcomer shelter system. We will connect newcomers to housing assistance options for up to six months from the date of their asylum application. Additionally, newcomers will be connected with an innovative pre-work authorization readiness program called WorkReady. They will be able to collaborate with case managers to ensure they are moving on the right track and be connected with workforce training opportunities via partnership with nonprofits, local businesses, educational institutions and training organizations. The program also includes access to language instruction, career pathway explorations, industry-recognized credential training and work-based learning opportunities.

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It's good to see that Denver has solved all the problems that its own residents have. Not many places are so wealthy and have so few problems of their own that they can do so much for citizens of other countries that just show up on their doorstep. 

Denver has decided not to use nasty words like illegal alien or even migrant, as these may have negative connotations. They have chosen "newcomer" instead because it sounds very nice and friendly. Generally when there is a newcomer to your neighborhood, you do your best to make them feel welcome, and Denver is certainly rolling out the red carpet. 

Not every city wants to cut its police force, but then again, Denver has solved all its problems. 

A few notable things stand out in the playbook, but the one that caught my eye was the fact that every "newcomer" gets a concierge to guide them through the free stuff cornucopia. 

Step 12: Assign a case manager to each family and individual

For individuals and families who are new to the U.S., understanding and navigating the various processes required for success can be overwhelming. To ensure everyone has the support they need to succeed, it is important to provide a case manager to each family and individual. This case manager will help their assigned guests in accessing legal resources, medical, dental, and mental health services, onward travel, potential workforce resources, and housing options.

Here are some things to consider:

  • Will one organization provide this support, or will there be several?
  • Identify who will coordinate and organize all resources and entities to ensure all sheltered individuals have equitable access to support.
  • Assess whether the resources being provided to guests have the capacity to support the potential volume of individuals and families seeking assistance.
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"Guests." That's even better than "newcomers."

Denver has enjoyed having over 40,000 "guests" come to their fair city in the past 18 months or so. I suppose this makes them budding experts on how to make everybody feel welcome in America. It's natural that they would be proud to share their experience, although they didn't outline how other cities should decide which public services for residents to cut in order to afford all this largesse. 

Maybe that will be volume 2. Although, as I said, Denver is so rich and perfect that they really don't need police and fire services, and Denver's weather is so nice that road repairs are hardly necessary. 

It's actually hard for me to get too worked up about Denver bureaucrats writing up this book, as offensive I find the idea that they are spending so much effort and money to deal with the massive flow of illegal aliens. They are forced to deal with the problem and have developed some procedures, so why not share them? 

The real problem is Joe Biden's open borders policy and the fact that it isn't only sanctuary cities that are dealing with the crisis. Every corner of America has to deal with it too. 

Here's a radical idea: quit being so welcoming. Sure, many of these "asylum seekers" are likely decent people just looking for a better life, but the same is true for legal immigrants, and nobody is doing all this for them. They wait in line and play by the rules. 

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But we have created new rules for "newcomers" who break the law, and they are more welcoming than the ones we have for legal immigrants. 

That's insane.

That's Joe Biden's America. 


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John Stossel 1:00 PM | June 15, 2024
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