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Denver Schools Overwhelmed By Migrant Surge

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A Denver teacher raised concerns about the strain of the migrant crisis on classrooms due to a lack of resources.

The city’s Democratic mayor, Mike Johnston, blamed Republicans and former President Trump for cutting $5 million from city services to address the crisis.

The teacher criticized the cuts and blamed President Biden, Mayor Johnston, and Colorado Governor Jared Polis.

“We are already 100 students over projection, and we have new students coming in weekly. We’re already past the October count. So every new student that we get, we don’t have the funds to provide them with resources,” teacher Priscilla Rahn said.

The mayor diverted $25 million from the city budget to address the crisis, but stated that the federal government is not supporting the city. Denver, a sanctuary city, is facing challenges accommodating migrants.

“The choice by Republicans in Congress to purposefully kill a historic, bipartisan border deal this week will have a devastating impact in Denver,” Johnston said.

“Despite broad bipartisan support, I think [former President] Trump and Republican leaders saw this as a chance that if this bill actually passed, it would have successfully solved the problem facing cities and the border, and 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 changes this November,” he said.

The city plans to decrease the number of migrants it serves and is scaling back aid for illegal immigrants.

“We have seen across America and now in Denver, the large difference between liberal ideology and the reality of governing,” Rahn said. “And so the president has created this mess. And what we’ve seen is the mayor respond very emotionally.”

“What I’d like to see the mayor and the governor do is to address the problem at the border and ask the president to bring back some of those polices that would make it more manageable.”

“I’m incredibly proud of how city team members have stepped up over the past year, but it is clear that the federal government is not going to support our city,” Johnston said.

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