The Denver City Council has given initial approval to two ordinances aimed at addressing the influx of individuals resulting from the border crisis. The first ordinance establishes a “Border Crisis Response Special Revenue Fund,” while the second authorizes the transfer of $18.2 million from various funds into the Border Fund. Final votes on these measures are expected in July.
Additionally, the City of Denver is considering a $40 million contract with GardaWorld to provide shelter, food, medical, and reunification services for 1,000 migrants. The contract, set to run through March 2024, will be voted on at the Council’s July 10 meeting.
Denver has experienced a significant influx of 11,863 individuals since December 2022, primarily originating from El Paso, Texas. The city’s status as a sanctuary city has attracted migrants seeking resources and support. To address the situation, the city has allocated approximately $17 to $20 million from January to June for shelter, meals, transportation, staffing, and other services.
While the City Council claims that the funds being transferred would not be used directly, concerns have been raised about diverting money from resources for residents and public safety infrastructure. The impact on the homeless population is a significant concern.