Migrants in Denver Deliver Demands

The GOP wants transparency on number of illegals in the country – and more.

by Kelli Ballard – May 10, 2024

The City of Denver is struggling to house illegal migrants, and not just for lack of shelters. A group of immigrants set up camp on property owned by Union Pacific, the railroad company, and refused to leave and go to a shelter unless the city met their demands.

Topping the list is the ability to cook their own food with fresh, appropriate ingredients provided by the city instead of the premade meals given to all. They’re already receiving rice, chicken, flour, oil, tomatoes, onions, butter, and more – but there have been a lot of complaints that food has been spoiled and that children are malnourished.

Here are some of the other demands from the migrants that were shared with FOX31:

They want shower facilities available without time limits. Yet shelters are overrun, and water is not free. The migrants also require regular medical visits with connections for specialty care as needed. The demands continued, with free immigration lawyers and ongoing legal support for immigration document clinics, no 24/7 monitoring, and a meeting with the mayor and those involved in running the Newcomer program ASAP to discuss further improvements and ways to support migrants.

On May 8, a tentative agreement was reached after the city offered the campers 30 days of shelter – previously, the offer was just three days, which had been extended to seven.

Republicans Want True Number of Illegal Immigrants in the Country

Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) led a group of 17 Republicans to call on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to provide “the total number of illegal aliens currently residing within the United States,” The Center Square reported. In addition, they wanted information on how many migrants were released into the interior, who received Notice to Report documents, how many were deported, the number of undocumented who were ordered to be removed by an immigration judge but still remained in the US, how many were ordered to be removed because they didn’t show up to their court hearings, and the number of immigrants who are considered fugitives by ICE.

This request came a week after the Biden administration’s secret airport list for migrants was revealed, which showed more than 400,000 aliens have been transported into the US by skipping the border ports.

“The American people deserve an exact accounting of the number of illegal aliens residing in the country,” the letter to Mayorkas states, “especially if the federal government’s policies have caused that number to surge since the previous estimate.”

Immigration in the Polls

An Axios Vibes survey by The Harris Poll examined how the younger generation, especially young Republicans, view immigration compared to their older party comrades. Not surprisingly, Gen Z is more moderate than Gen X and the Baby Boomers, but they still feel illegal immigration is a problem in the US.

Less than half of the younger Republicans said they want mass deportations or to close down the border. Just 33% of this age group “strongly” agreed that illegal immigration is unfair to those who came to the US legally compared to 70% of the older generations.

When asked if the US should make legal entry easier for anyone seeking a better life, 61% of the Gen Z Republican population said yes while 45% of Gen X and Baby Boomers agreed. Would they support ending automatic citizenship for children born in the US? Forty-nine percent of young Republicans would, compared to 34% of older party members. “The Trump-led GOP has embraced a hardline stance on immigration, but younger party members are more skeptical of the GOP’s political narratives on the subject,” the survey explained.

Notable Quotes

The Biden administration is proposing a new rule to speed up asylum claims for some migrants while trying to crack down on border crossings by marking migrants with criminal records as ineligible for asylum in the US. In a letter, Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) said:

“We need to make sure that we are adjudicating those who are coming across just as quickly as possible, specifically around sort of administrative judges being down at the southern border. And I do think there’s a limit to the number of people who we can accept into our nation on an asylum claim. At the end of the day, we cannot have a border where an unlimited amount of people can simply cross.”

What will next week bring us in Open Borders America?

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