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"Don't Send Them Here": Cheyenne, Kiowa County Join Eastern Colorado Counties Passing Non-Sanctuary Status Resolutions

By Betsy Barnett

March 1, 2024

The illegal migrant invasion continues in Colorado as the state capital, Denver, is now expecting 60,000 illegal migrants to flood the city this year, overwhelming all services including food, housing, medical, educational, and workforce systems. This week the Denver City Council disingenuously informed hundreds of city workers that they weren’t going to lose their jobs, but their hours were going to be cut back, and for some, their hours are going down to zero as Denver tries desperately to find the money to pay for the illegal migrants—that just keep coming, and coming, and coming.

The city workers who will lose their jobs—call it like it is—mostly work in the Recreation and Parks division of the city and will be affected because the council deems such services, mostly provided to children, unnecessary. Those services will go away for the lawful citizens, while the illegals will be housed in the facilities, and getting a number of financial assistance programs and handouts to help sustain them.

The number one problem with the illegal migrants is where to find shelter. A month ago, Denver announced they were full and had no more rooms or buildings available. As we reported in the February 14th edition of the Independent, at that point they tried to ‘spread the wealth,’ sort of speaking, and house the illegal migrants in the suburbs such as in Aurora, Lakewood, and Douglas County. They were told a resounding “No!” by the citizens who live there and who are protecting their community from the same disaster that Denver is facing.

Homelessness and crime are increasing and people in Denver who prided themselves on living in a sanctuary city are now second guessing their thought processes.

For instance, Colorado Springs passed a resolution two weeks ago among a small number of protestors. The resolution said Colorado Springs “is not, and will not, become a sanctuary city” and it won’t “spend taxpayer dollars on services related to this crisis.” This resolution proposed by City Councilman Dave Donelson follows both El Paso County and Colorado Springs Mayor Yemi Mobolade stating the county and the city will not be a sanctuary for migrants.

But in the county of El Paso, where Colorado Springs is located, there is a non-profit called InTents of Hope who, according to the Calhan Police Department was making a move to set up their tent city between the small towns of Simla (pop. 600) and Calhan (pop. 755). Calhan’s Police Chief sent out letters to the citizens of Calhan informing them of this possible move into their community.

The InTents of Hope non-profit says they are different from other NGOs who are trying to house the illegal migrants, “Most shelters operate within the city limits, our organization will be serving within the county.” In other words, the NGO’s focus is to set up the tent city in a rural area where people mind their business, and no one will bother these people. No discussion was held as to the numerous problems a tent city of illegal migrants would present to the citizens of these small towns. That idea has not gone away yet, despite the Resolution filed in Colorado Springs.

The Cheyenne County Commissioners saw the writing on the wall back in March of 2017. That coincided with President Donald Trump coming into office and promptly pulling the United States out of the Obama era United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration which was an intergovernmental agreement that said the United States—and other western countries—were responsible for taking in immigrants from across the world.

On February 29, 2024, the Cheyenne County Commissioners voted to maintain the Resolution of Non-Sanctuary Status as it was drafted in March of 2017. It was originally signed by county commissioners Rod Pelton, Nancy Bogenhagen, and Patrick Ward.

Resolution 2017-03 declares Cheyenne County a non-sanctuary county for illegal immigrants. It further states that Cheyenne County supports the enforcement of federal migration laws, respects law-abiding legal immigrants, but believes American’s rights should not be overrun by illegal aliens. Therefore, Cheyenne County does not condone harboring and safe havens for unlawful immigration, and they are against undocumented immigrants qualifying for government benefits and employment.

Whether a statement like that has the teeth to protect Cheyenne County and allow them to deny the entrance of illegal aliens into the community, has obviously never been tested. However, the current commissioners are in complete agreement that Cheyenne County does not have the resources to deal with illegal aliens trying to live in the county.

The Kiowa County Commissioners passed Resolution 2024-2 on February 22, 2024, with a little more punch to their purpose. The resolution is entitled, “A Resolution of the Kiowa County Board of Commissioners Opposing the Entry, Transportation, Employment, Settlement and Support of Undocumented, Illegal and/or Undocumented Immigrants in Kiowa County, Colorado.”

Their Resolution also details specific beliefs. They believe “any individual immigrating into the United States should do so in a manner that follows applicable laws.”

They also call out the Biden Administration claiming it has “permitted and facilitated the entry into the United States of more than 285,000 illegal immigrants from our southern border in FY 2023.” There are obviously more than 10,000,000 that have currently flooded across the border.

The Resolution also points out that urban areas in Colorado, particularly Denver, “are having their resources, infrastructure, public places and other areas completely overwhelmed by the tremendous influx of uninvited migrants and/or illegal immigrants, causing cities to declare a state of emergency.”

The BOCC also indicates they know that the urban areas are saturated and overrun with illegal immigrants and this is leading to “dispersion into rural areas of the state,” which in turn creates the real possibility that groups of illegal immigrants could show up in Kiowa County.

The next logical argument then is to state that Kiowa County’s resources are for their citizens, not “to support the needs of any number of undocumented, illegal, or uninvited migrants.”

The Resolution points out that the county supports legal immigration and lawfully administered migrant worker programs as being beneficial to the sustainability of Kiowa County, but also points out what the country is seeing is not that.

Therefore, the Resolution “declares and affirms that Kiowa County is not a sanctuary county or community and will not open shelters or provide services to illegal, undocumented or uninvited migrants that may arrive in the county.”

The Commissioners then call for the President of the United States and the United States Congress to immediately restore the rule of law along the border and quickly create a system to allow reasonable vetting of migrants who wish to enter the United States legally and become productive members of our society.

The Resolution’s final declaration shows just how much the citizens in Eastern Colorado know about what is going on with the migrant crisis, “Be It Further Resolved the Kiowa County Board of County Commissioners also opposes the action of individuals, corporate entities, NGOs, religious organizations or denominations, Federal agencies, departments and Presidential Executive Orders that facilitate the entry, transportation, placement, settlement or employment of illegal immigrants to, or within the lawful boundaries of Kiowa County, Colorado.”

Cheyenne County and Kiowa County leadership has now taken a stand to defend their citizens. Have other eastern Colorado counties also filed resolutions? According to Marcy Brossman, Cheyenne County Administrator, “My Administrator list serve responses have all responded to me with non-sanctuary county status passed resolutions or in the process of passing a resolution.”

We aren’t sure what counties Brossman has on her list serve, but that is a significant development to be sure. If you are wondering if your county has taken a stand to protect you as a citizen of Colorado and these United States of America, call your county commissioners at your courthouse and let them know Cheyenne County, Kiowa County, and a handful of other rural counties in Colorado have just put some power into protecting these rural areas and its people.

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