Headline RoundupFebruary 29th, 2024

Denver Will Close Four Migrant Shelters Amid Budget Strain

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Denver Mayor Mike Johnston (D-CO) announced Wednesday that the city will close four migrant shelters over the next month.

Details: The closures are expected to save the city up to $60 million this year and reduce the need for other budget cuts. Johnston also stated that the influx of migrants has slowed, and no migrants will be kicked out of shelters; they will only be moved and consolidated into the remaining facilities. Johnston noted that shelters may be reopened in the future should the city see an additional influx of migrants.

Key Quote: Johnston stated at a press conference, “We’re putting in place now the infrastructure to be able to manage what we would need if that [another surge] happens. Our plan is to try to close the shelters and keep them closed and move away from a system that has remained largely significant numbers of open hotels for ongoing housing.”

For Context: A recent Bloomberg (Lean Left bias) report found that Denver has one of the highest shares of migrants per capita in the nation. The state of Colorado overall experienced a 665% increase in new immigration court cases from 2021 to 2023.

How the Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum covered the announcement moderately. CBS News (Lean Left bias) reported that the changes “will focus on helping those newcomers find stable, sustainable lives instead of living in shelters.” Fox News (Right bias) emphasized budget cuts already in place impacting the city’s recreation centers and Motor Vehicle offices.

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