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Denver bussing migrants to Aurora, council member Jurinsky alleges

David Heitz

Aurora City Council member Danielle Jurinsky said Monday that Denver Mayor Mike Johnston is bussing migrants into Aurora and buying them hotel rooms.

Jurinsky made the revelation toward the end of the meeting during council report period. “I have a report that I would like to bring to the people of Aurora,” Jurinsky said. She went on to explain how Denver, a so-called sanctuary city, is bussing migrants out of its boundaries and into Aurora. She said one of her employees who was living at the Quality Inn at Mississippi and Abilene was tossed onto the street because of the incoming migrants. Jurinsky alleged the contract with the hotel doesn’t even have Denver City Council approval yet. She said the mayor must have thought this would fly under the radar. “Little did they ever think there would be an employee of a sitting council member” displaced. She called her employees “hard-working American citizens.” She said her employee and his husband lived at the hotel with their service animal for about a year.

Jurinsky explained that Aurora is not a sanctuary city, meaning it does not roll out the red carpet for migrants. Sanctuary cities like Denver provide limited meals and housing for migrants and looks the other way at immigration violations.

The Denver mayor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment made Monday night. This story will be updated if and when the author hears back from the mayor’s office.

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