Dem Mayor Slams Congress

(DCWatchdog.com) – Having now experienced for a short while what Texas has been struggling with for years – the illegal alien invasion brought on by the policies of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris – one Democrat Mayor of a blue city is slamming Congress for not solving the problem.

Denver, holding the title for the second-largest migrant population per capita in the nation after New York, finds itself in a dire situation.

The city’s Democratic Mayor Mike Johnston expressed his frustration over Congress’s failure to pass a border security deal, a step he believes could have mitigated the national and, consequently, Denver’s migrant crisis. “Today is a day the residents of Denver should be heartbroken,” Johnston said on Instagram last Thursday. “And they should be furious because we know we have a humanitarian crisis in this city.”

Johnston continued to express his dismay “We should all feel heartbroken and furious about our government’s failure to act on the migrant crisis.” The Senate’s attempt to link border security funding with foreign aid for Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific faced rejection.

Criticized by Republican lawmakers for its lackluster approach to securing the border the bill was dismissed by House Republicans and did not survive the Senate.

Denver’s growing apprehension for the lack of federal assistance is palpable. With a population of 713,000, the city has welcomed over 40,000 migrants in the past year, placing a significant burden on its resources. The financial toll is staggering, with more than $42 million spent on housing and food supplements for migrants in 2023 alone. The local public schools are also feeling the strain, incorporating thousands of new students at a cost exceeding $17.5 million. Healthcare provisions for the migrant population add another $10 million to the city’s expenditures.

The crisis spans the entire city, with projections estimating an additional $180 million needed throughout 2024 to sustain the migrant aid efforts. This situation has forced Denver to prioritize budget cuts in favor of funding these services. A Senate bill, had it passed, would have granted sanctuary cities like Denver $1.4 billion in reimbursements. To date, the Biden administration has reimbursed Denver with $11 million, falling short of the city’s request for an additional $2.6 million.

Johnston’s plea underscores the collective effort needed to address the situation. “Denverites have done their part, the city will do our part. The federal government failed to do their part,” he stated on Friday, emphasizing the necessity for shared sacrifice to navigate this challenge.

Johnson didn’t answer to requests for comments by the media.