The Democrat mayor of Denver has admitted that President Joe Biden’s migrant crisis will force the Colorado “sanctuary city” to make more cuts to public services than during past major recessions.
Denver Mayor Mike Johnston made the comments during an interview with ABC News on Thursday.
Johnston warned that Biden’s open borders agenda has led to a major financial crisis in Denver.
If the “sanctuary city” doesn’t receive help from the federal government to deal with the migrant influx, the mayor warns that major budget cuts will be required to cope with the crisis.
The budget impact of dealing with migrants will be so large that Denver will have to cut the rest of the city’s budget by about 10 percent.
It would be a deeper cut than those the city made during the recession in the late 2000s and early 2010s.
Johnston stated that he doesn’t know where he’d make cuts.
However, he says that Denver needs $14 billion in taxpayer funds to cope with the crisis.
“We’re having that hard conversation with our departments and our city right now,” the mayor said.
“We’d like to avoid that problem.
“We think if the federal government can take action on the supplemental budget that President Biden has proposed, that would be $14 billion that could help meet this need.
“And so, we want to avoid having to make those hard trade-offs and we want the federal government to take action.
“If they don’t, we’ll be looking at a $160 million impact.
“That’s 10% of our entire budget.
“So, if you imagine cutting all of your city agencies by 10%, and that would be historic cuts, larger than we’ve seen even in the recession times of the 2009 and 2010 cycle.”
The comments from Johnston come as the Southern Border continues to see an unprecedented flood of illegal crossings under Biden’s policies.
As Slay News reported earlier, authorities have revealed that a record number of Chinese nationals have been caught illegally crossing the Southern Border into the United States.
A staggering 4,797 Chinese nationals were encountered on America’s southwestern border with Mexico in November alone.
This figure broke the record that was set just one month prior.
According to figures from Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), November was the third consecutive month that a record was set for monthly encounters at the border with citizens of Communist China.
4,261 Chinese nationals were encountered in October and 4,042 were encountered in September.
There were also 7,245 nationwide encounters with Chinese nationals by immigration officials in November.
This marks an increase across the whole country from 7,164 in October.
The monthly figures mark a shocking increase from fiscal years 2021 and 2022.
During the previous years, when there were just 450 southwest border encounters with Chinese nationals in fiscal year 2021 and 2,176 in FY 2022.
However, the number surged to 24,314 in FY 2023 and has already climbed past 9,000 in just the first two months of FY 2024.