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CO community threatens $1k fine per passenger, seize buses dropping off illegals



Douglas County, Colorado, Commissioner George Teal said his community is not a sanctuary city and that the new ordinance directed towards buses dropping off hundreds of illegal immigrants is reflective of that.

“No more freeloading,” Teal told “Fox & Friends” co-host Lawrence Jones on Thursday. “We thought this ordinance was required to make sure that we can keep our community safe.”

Under the ordinance, buses dropping off “commercial passengers” in “unplanned locations” in Douglas County could face fines up to $1,000 per passenger and buses may be seized by local law enforcement.

“Denver got on the bandwagon of the anti-Trump fad of declaring a sanctuary city early, among Democrat cities across the nation,” Teal said. “We’re not a Democrat county. We’re a community that is mostly Republican. We were never going to be a sanctuary county.”

Douglas County is not the only Colorado community trying to distance themselves from Denver, which advertised itself as a sanctuary city. Local officials in Monument went so far as to take a formal vote to affirm the town’s status as a “non-sanctuary city” as fears grow about the possibility of migrants leaving Denver for nearby communities, reports Fox News.

The migrant crisis has put a substantial financial strain on Denver, its resources, and is causing its hospitals to dive deep into debt due to illegal immigrants not paying their medical bills. Denver Mayor Mike Johnston announced in February the closure of four migrant shelters and the goal of reallocating nearly $60 million back into city services.

The migrants, Johnston claims, would not be kicked out after shelters close. He said they will simply be moved to different facilities.

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Illegal migrants refuse to leave Denver encampments, make demands of city including ‘fresh, culturally appropriate’ food and free lawyers



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A group of illegal immigrants in Denver is not only refusing to leave encampments, but also have the audacity to take no actions until the city meets its demands. The migrants were organized enough to publish a document with 13 specific demands before they “acquiesce to Denver Human Services’ request to leave the encampments and move to more permanent shelters funded by the city” reports Fox News.

Demands were made following the Denver government obtaining a petition to have the migrants moved, according to the outlet. The Denver mayor has been under pressure from the city’s ongoing migrant crisis, making headlines and receiving stiff backlash earlier this year for proposing budget cuts to the city’s government, including cuts to the city’s police force, to fund more money for dealing with the city’s migrant crisis.

The list of demands was sent to Mayor Mike Johnston and included requests for provisions of “fresh, culturally appropriate” food, no time limits on showers and free immigration lawyers, the outlet reported. Further details of the demands read, “Migrants will cook their own food with fresh, culturally appropriate ingredients provided by the City instead of premade meals – rice, chicken, flour, oil, butter, tomatoes, onions, etc… Shower access will be available without time limits & can be accessed whenever… Medical professional visits will happen regularly & referrals/connections for specialty care will be made as needed.”

The migrants also insisted they get “connection to employment support, including work permit applications for those who qualify,” as well as “Consultations for each person/family with a free immigration lawyer.” The migrants insisted that if these are not met, they will not leave their tent community.

“At the end of the day, what we do not want is families on the streets of Denver,” Jon Ewing, a spokesman for Denver Human Services, told Fox 31.

The current encampment is situated “near train tracks and under a bridge,” Fox 31 noted, adding that it has been there for the last couple of weeks.

Ewing told Fox 31 the city just wants “to get families to leave that camp and come inside,” noting its offer will give migrants “three square meals a day” and the freedom to cook.

He also said the government is willing to work with people to compromise and help them figure out what kind of assistance they qualify for.

Ultimately, Ewing said, the city wants to work with migrants to determine, “What might be something that is a feasible path for you to success that is not staying on the streets of Denver?”

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