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Denver Mayor announces first round of cuts; blames Republicans for needing to spend $180 million on migrants

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Denver is making huge cuts in order to pay for the overwhelming amount of migrants who have flooded the city. Denver Mayor Mike Johnston announced the first changes will be to reduce costs at Denver Motor Vehicle offices and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Those will be the first $5 million in savings and more cuts will be coming.

The Center Square reports that as part of the reductions, the Denver Motor Vehicle offices will no longer take vehicle registration renewals in person and drivers must complete registrations by mail, online or at kiosks. Five locations will have rotating weekly closures.

Spring recreation programming will be reduced by 25%. Recreation centers will go from operating seven days per week to six and neighborhood centers will be reduce hours of operation.

The city also plans to make changes to migrant services provided and decrease the number of newcomers served. Denver has supported 38,380 migrants at a cost of more than $42 million during the last few months, according to Johnston’s office.

Johnston has been begging the federal government for more money and claiming it is Republicans who are to blame for the liberal city’s mess. “I’m here to talk about the devastating impact of the failure of Republican leadership in Congress this week to pass comprehensive immigration changes and the impact that will have on both city budgets and on services that we can provide for newcomers in the city,” Johnston said to open the press conference.

“Despite broad bipartisan support, I think [former President Donald] Trump and Republican leaders saw this as a chance that, if this bill actually passed, it would have successfully solved the problem facing cities on the border,” Johnston said. “They would have rather seen it fail so they could exacerbate these problems, extend the suffering of American people and of newcomers for their own electoral chances in this November.”

“This was solvable with bipartisan support and we would not be facing these challenges,” Johnston said. “I want to be clear to Denverites: Who is not responsible for this crisis we’re in? The folks who have walked 3,000 miles to get to this city.”

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NYC bill trying to repeal ‘sanctuary city’ laws put in place by liberal Mayor Bill de Blasio

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New York lawmakers are introducing a bill this week to undo “sanctuary city” laws approved from 2014-2018 under then-Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. Council members Robert Holden (D-Queens) and Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) told The New York Post they’ll introduce the bill Thursday.

Among the laws to be reversed include the prohibiting of the NYPD, and Correction and Probation departments from cooperating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents unless the cases involve suspected terrorists or serious public safety risks. It would also reverse rules prohibiting city agencies from partnering with ICE to enforce federal immigration laws.

“Sanctuary city laws put all New Yorkers, both immigrants and longtime residents, in danger by preventing the NYPD and DOC from working with ICE,” said Holden, a moderate Dem. “We do not need to import criminals, and only 23 years since 9/11, we have forgotten the deadly consequences of poor interagency communication. We must repeal these laws immediately.”

“Like most things in New York, sanctuary city policy is a social experiment gone off the rails,” said Borelli. “All the problems with these local laws came out during the public-hearing process, but the Council just stepped harder on the gas pedal.”

In February, Mayor Eric Adams called for the rules to be loosened so migrants “suspected” of “serious” crimes could also be turned over to ICE — as they once were under sanctuary city policies implemented as early as 1989 under ex-mayors Ed Koch and Michael Bloomberg.

Among public reasons for the push is the murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.  If it wasn’t for the sanctuary city policies, Riley is among other deaths that could have been prevented if the policies were not in place, Holden and other critics have said.

The 22-year-old was found dead Feb. 22 on the University of Georgia’s campus, six months after her alleged killer Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, was arrested in Queens and charged with endangering a child.

The Post explains of the case:

The NYPD had no choice but to cut the Venezuelan-born Ibarra loose — instead of turning him over to federal immigration officials — because he didn’t have any major crime convictions.

Council Speaker Adrienne Adams shot down the mayor’s idea just one day later, saying she and the rest of the Council’s progressive Democratic majority wouldn’t be considering any rule changes. The bill introduced this week is also likely to face objections from the Council’s left-wing Democratic majority.

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