The growing number of migrants is leaving Mayor Mike Johnston with room to plan his legacy in office. After former Mayor Michael Hancock left the housing plan open, this gave Johnston time to help migrants while not ignoring local residents. The $40 million proposal for GuardaWorld leaves Mayor Johnston room to plan the future for migrant housing.
With Judge Jon Tigar ending President Joe Biden’s immigration policy, this could see more migrants crossing the border. This may mean more work at border cities and then governors such as Abbott in Texas or Hobbs in Arizona to transport more migrants out of their states. Denver could see more migrants.
The current immigration policy is in effect for at least two weeks unless it is legally overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court or Judge Tigar grants a longer extension.
So, this gives Mayor Johnston a little more time, but not much.
The City asked for support but according to Channel 9, Denver wants a large organization to take over rather than smaller groups providing support.
City Council President Jamie Torres doesn’t agree with the idea. He wants to keep local groups more involved in the support of migrants.
"I think the solution is to continue through that thread, connecting with local partners who deeply care about this community."
Some representatives want locals to run this since they are familiar with the objective needed to support migrants. Mayor Johnston is conducting meetings with the local population and it’s likely he’ll come to a solution to this problem.
But Mayor Johnston doesn’t have a lot of time, since the increase in migrants crossing this border will happen sooner than later.
You can find out more details about the contract in this video.
Do you think Denver is ready for more migrants to arrive?