Denver Official Warns Illegal Immigrants To Leave Or ‘Suffer More’

Andres Carrera, Denver’s Newcomer Communications Liaison, told a crowd of illegal immigrants at a local shelter that they could get a bus ticket to any other city because there are more opportunities in other places and that they would continue to suffer if they stayed.

“You don’t have to walk anywhere, we can buy you a free ticket,” Carrera told the illegal immigrants in Spanish. “You can go to any city. We can take you up to the Canadian border, wherever!”

“New York gives you more. Chicago gives you more,” he continued. “So, I suggest you go there where there is longer-term shelter. There are also more job opportunities there. We have received too many migrants and that is why we ran out of resources. Look, we are not going to block you if you want to stay here. I am not here to block you.”

According to the Associated Press, Denver has purchased almost 3,000 bus tickets to Chicago, more than 2,000 to New York and more than 12,000 total since November 2022.

Currently, Denver houses individual illegal immigrants for up to two weeks and illegal immigrant families for up to six weeks before sending them out of the city’s shelters.

Recently, however, Denver Mayor Mike Johnston (D) announced budget cuts that would include closing down four migrant shelters across the city.

Denver, a sanctuary city of about 710,000 residents, has received almost 40,000 illegal immigrants in the past year alone. Johnston claimed that it is the highest per capita among US cities.

Like is the case with many other sanctuary cities, Denver is not equipped to handle the illegal immigrant crisis without the help of the federal government.

“I want to thank every resident in the city who has showed up to cook a meal for someone who has arrived, who has welcomed somebody to their home, who has offered them a job, who said, ‘We will help you find your way,’” Johnston said during the speech where he announced the closing of the four shelters.

“You’ve done your part. The city will do its part. The federal government did not do their part.”