Denver Has Spent Up to $340 MILLION on Illegal Aliens in 18 Months

Brittany M. Hughes | June 14, 2024
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The city of Denver alone has spent as much as $340 million in taxpayer cash to support the massive influx of illegal aliens that have flooded into the city since late 2022, even as President Joe Biden’s open borer continues to spew hordes of unlawful migrants into the United States at breakneck speed.

And making one wonder just how more of it the country - and our wallets - can take.

Even as hardworking Americans and legal immigrants struggle to afford gas and groceries in Biden’s inflation-riddled economy, a new report analyzing the costs of supporting recent border crossers found the Denver metro area alone has spent between $216 million and $340 million to feed, clothe, house, educate, and give medical care to the 42,000 or so migrants who’ve poured into the city since December of 2022, only 18 months ago. The top end of that spending estimate comes out to more than $8,000 in taxpayer-funded resources per migrant, and with no end in sight.

And to remind, this is just one of multiple U.S. cities burdened with an unsustainable mass of illegal aliens.

Of those hundreds of millions, the bulk of the cost is being born by the school system, as a wave of migrant children - many of whom don’t speak English and are grades behind where they should be, academically - are costing the city tens of millions to educate, according to the analysis by the Common Sense Institute. 

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“In total, since December 2022, the 17 school districts in the Denver metro area have had a combined growth of 15,725 migrant students,” the CSI reports, adding that “44% came from Venezuela, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.”

The CSI says data shows illegal alien children who recently crossed the border made up 6% of the total student enrollment for Denver Public Schools by the end of the 2023-24 academic year.

“The total cost to Denver metro schools related to new migrant students is $98 million to $222 million, which would equate to 1-2% of the total state K-12 education budget for the 2024-25 academic year,” the analysis found.

Meanwhile, only 32% of Denver elementary students test at or above the proficient level for reading, and 23% are at or above that level for math. By high school, those figures are 46% and 27%, respectively.

In addition to the exorbitant cost of schooling migrant children, CSI found Denver-area emergency rooms have provided $48 million in uncompensated healthcare to illegal aliens in the past year and a half. The City has spent about $71 million on other support programs like shelter and hotel housing, rent assistance, transportation, food, and child care.

Oh, and side note: while migrants are enjoying tax-funded hotel rooms and hot meals, over 9,000 homeless persons are currently sleeping on the streets of Denver, including more than 400 homeless veterans.

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