OPINION – Denver mayor complaining about getting what he asked for

Denver recently received in influx of migrants, much to the consternation of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. As reported by the Denver Post, “The migrants and asylum seekers were coming either on their own or at the encouragement of nonprofit organizations at the border that have provided recommendations for places they can go without advanced notice.”

Such individuals not too long ago were called “illegal aliens”, for example by President Bill Clinton. Now they are described as “undocumented migrants,” and they are arriving in Denver by the hundreds. It’s so bad in Denver that Hancock issued an emergency declaration since these recent arrivals have placed, “Immense strain on city recourses to the level where they’re on the verge of reaching a breaking point at this time.”

With the recent cold weather it has gotten so bad that the Denver Post wrote, “Denver stretched to ‘breaking point’ amid migrant crisis and brutal cold snap, mayor warns.” This is undoubtedly true but is this not what the mayor once asked for?

Denver is a proud sanctuary city, “In 2017, the Denver City Council codified Denver’s status as a sanctuary city with an ordinance that prohibits city employees from collecting information on immigration or citizenship status, or prohibits the sharing of any other information about individuals for purposes of immigration enforcement.”

Mayor Hancock didn’t like the “sanctuary city” term but supported the concept, “If being a sanctuary city means that we value taking care of one another, and welcoming refugees and immigrants, then I welcome the title.”

Governor Jared Polis also rolled out the welcome mat. Last year, “In a letter to the President Joe Biden, Gov. Jared Polis says Colorado is ready to help refugees and immigrants from Afghanistan resettle.” If Colorado welcomes Afghanis, then why not migrants from Central America and elsewhere?

Former Mayor, now Senator John Hickenlooper concurs, “Denver will welcome these migrants with open arms and help any way they can. We will be empathetic to people put in a difficult situation.” Given that he spends much of his time in Washington, DC, a thousand migrants in Denver are not his problem.

Denver can barely accommodate its homeless population, another issue, and now they have a thousand more people to feed and shelter. Homeless are now euphemistically referred to as “urban campers” by the Denver Post, much as illegal aliens are now undocumented migrants. Perhaps Democrat voters in Boulder or Congress Park can open their homes to migrants and urban campers in the spirit of “open arms” as Hickenlooper suggests.

How ironic that Denver is getting exactly what it wanted and voted for but is now complaining and wanting American taxpayers to pay the bill for their  cost-free virtue signaling. Be careful what you ask for as you might get it.