Denver camp residents stay put, send mayor demands

By Majesty 4 Min Read

Until the city complies with their demands, a group of illegal immigrants in Denver are refusing to leave their camps.

Before agreeing to Denver Human Services’ request to vacate the camps and relocate to more permanent shelters supported by the city, the migrants produced a paper outlining thirteen specific demands. 

Denver Human Services spokesman Jon Ewing stated, “At the end of the day, what we do not want is families on the streets of Denver.”

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The site said that the list addressed to Mayor Mike Johnston included demands for free immigration attorneys, “fresh, culturally appropriate” cuisine and no time limits on showers.

The migrants emphasised that they will not abandon their community of tents if these demands are not fulfilled.

The campsite that is now in place is “under a bridge and next to train tracks,” and it has been there for the past few weeks. 

The requests further state that “Instead of prefabricated meals, migrants would make their own food using fresh, culturally appropriate goods provided by the City, such as rice, chicken, wheat, oil, butter, tomatoes, onions, etc. There won’t be any time restrictions on when you can use the showers. Regular visits from medical professionals will occur, and linkages or referrals for specialised care will be made as required.”

Denver camp residents stay put, send mayor demands
Denver camp residents stay put, send mayor demands

The migrants further demanded “Consultations for each person/family with a free immigration lawyer” and “connection to employment support, including work permit applications for those who qualify.”

After being transferred to the shelter, the migrants further requested privacy, stating, “We are not criminals & won’t be treated as such. No more verbal, physical, or mental abuse will be permitted from the staff, including no sheriff sleeping inside & monitoring 24/7.

The outlet claims that once the Denver administration received a petition to relocate the refugees, the requests were issued.

Ewing stated that the city’s goal is “to get families to leave that camp and come inside,” adding that its proposal will allow migrants to prepare “three square meals a day” and have the independence to do so.

Additionally, he stated that the government is open to compromising and assisting individuals in determining what kind of assistance they are eligible for. 

Denver camp residents stay put, send mayor demands
Denver Mayor Mike Johnston

In the end, according to Ewing, the city hopes to collaborate with immigrants to find out, “What might be something that is a feasible path for you to success that is not staying on the streets of Denver?” 

The ongoing migrant crisis in Denver has put pressure on the city’s mayor, who earlier this year made headlines and faced harsh criticism for suggesting budget cuts to the city’s government, including the city police force, in order to raise more money for handling the migrant crisis.

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