Officials in Denver, Colorado – which is widely considered a ‘sanctuary city’ – are asking Texas border towns to hand out flyers urging illegal immigrants not to travel to the Mile High City, according to documents provided to Breitbart by Texas officials.
Matthew Mueller, executive director for the Office of Emergency Management for the City and County of Denver, told officials in Brownsville, El Paso, Houston, and Dallas that Denver “can no longer provide the same level of sheltering resources to newly arriving persons.”
Mueller also noted authorities have reduced the maximum number of days migrants can stay in shelters to just 14 days for single adults.
The Denver official also asked Texas officials to distribute flyers addressing “asylum seekers traveling to Denver.”
“Denver’s resources have been exhausted,” the flyer states. “If you are coming to Denver seeking shelter, it is important for you to have a plan. The city cannot provide shelter long-term.”
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Additionally, Denver’s officials warned that housing in the sanctuary city is “very expensive, and there aren’t many affordable housing options available.”
Texas authorities have bused roughly 2,400 migrants to Denver since May, a fraction of the millions who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since President Joe Biden took office in January 2021.
Denver Mayor Mike Johnston recently addressed the migrant crisis, blaming Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for the new arrivals to the sanctuary city.
“We have had a significant influx of migrants mostly due to Gov. Abbott in Texas, who has been chartering buses full of buses to arrive in the city and county of Denver,” Johnston said.
“We still continue to see, particularly in what I would call these involuntary arrivals, which are folks that have been put on a bus by Gov. Abbott and sent to us, many of those folks had no plans on coming to Denver,” he said. “For many of these folks, we’re helping either connect them to family or services where they wanted to arrive … and for folks that do want to stay, we’re getting them connected to work options.”