Denver cuts services in response to the migrant crisis that’s costing the city $180 million (Colorado Sun)

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    Denver cuts services in response to the migrant crisis that’s costing the city $180 million – By Jennifer Brown (Colorado Sun) / Feb 9, 2024

    Denver Mayor Mike Johnston announced cuts to the DMV and Parks & Recreation in response to the migrant crisis.

    Denver will cut hours at recreation centers, end in-person vehicle registration renewals and eliminate spring flower beds to save $5 million this year, a response to the migrant crisis that is expected to cost the city $180 million.

    Mayor Mike Johnston on Friday blasted Congress for failing this week to pass a $118.3 billion bill aimed at stopping the flow of illegal entry at the southern border and making it easier for migrants who enter legally to get work permits.

    About 40,000 migrants, mostly from Venezuela, have arrived in Denver over the past year, and more than 3,500 are living in city-funded hotel rooms. Thousands took bus rides to other American cities after arriving in Denver, and an unknown number are trying to stay in the city, find jobs and send their kids to school.

    Denver has received more migrants per capita than any other city in the nation, the mayor has said.

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