Hickenlooper concerned about relocating Central American refugees to Colorado

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper shares the stage with Vice President Joe Biden during NGA meetings in Nashville over the weekend.

DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper isn’t ruling out seeing some of the more than 57,000 Central American immigrants who have crossed the Mexican border relocated to Colorado, although he has a number of concerns that would need to be addressed starting with the costs to the state.

While the administration has not yet made any official request, the Associated Press reported Monday that Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell met Sunday with Hickenlooper and a number of other governors who were in Nashville over the weekend for meetings of the National Governors Association, which Hickenlooper just took over the chairmanship of, as the administration looked to gauge support from the states for a possible relocation.

“Our citizens already feel burdened by all kinds of challenges. They don’t want to see another burden come into their state,” Hickenlooper said. “However we deal with the humanitarian aspects of this, we’ve got to do it in the most cost-effective way possible.”

A number of Republican governors were also critical of the proposal, seizing on “seized on the administration’s plans to place the children with friends or family members without checking on their immigration status.”

And many Republicans have since focused on Hickenlooper’s comment as evidence that opposition to the relocation of the undocumented immigrants is “bipartisan”.

Under current law, immigrant children from countries that don’t border the United States and who cross into this country by themselves are turned over to HHS within 72 hours.

From there, they often are reunited with parents or placed with other relatives already living in the country, while they wait for an immigration court to decide their future. The court process can take years.

Neither Burwell’s agency nor immigration officials check the immigration status of relatives who take custody of the immigrant children.

Since October 1, more than 57,000 children have crossed the border alone. Most are from Honduras, El Salvador or Guatemala.

“The governor participated in a broader discussion about this issue on a national level,” Hickenlooper’s interim communications director, Kathy Green, told FOX31 Denver. “He clearly understands the importance of this humanitarian issue while acknowledging Colorado has limited resources and that there are real costs associated with the inability of the federal government to manage the issue.”

Green also said that the administration has yet to request that any states absorb some of the new immigrants streaming across the border, and that Hickenlooper was simply making a point that states can’t be asked to pick up the tab.

“We are not aware of any request to Colorado to host immigrant children,” she said. “There would be a more formal process for that rather than a meeting. The cost burden was the purpose of the meeting, so the Governor’s statement is being taken out of context — he was only acknowledging the reality of limited resources in dealing with a critical humanitarian issue.”

President Obama has asked Congress to approve $3.7 billion to help manage the influx of Central American immigrants, some of which could be allocated to states where those individuals are relocated to.



  • Are you Effin` kidding me?

    Pinche` lip service in an election year. This same Hickenlooper went to a breakfast at an illegal alien “Hiring hall”,
    his hag wife wrote a book called “Just like us” which is an illegal alien advocacy treatise. He`s just like Obama make no mistake. Sign em` up to be Democrats as soon as possible..

  • Gerry L

    Everybody talks about Obama but nobody does anything about him. Why is he so above the law?
    The watchdog media is now just an extension of the Democrat party.

  • Dick Peabody

    Go ahead Hick, seal your pathetic fate. Only a disingenuous dirtball would think he would be able to weasel out of such a situation by claiming the Feds would be picking up the tab. When the wait to get emergency care KILLS US citizens because Illegals are being treated ahead of them, who picks up that tab. When English speaking US kids are NOT getting the instruction they need in school because the teacher is spending all their time with ILLEGALS, who picks up that tab? When the little Mexican-AMERICAN girl down the street is raped by an ILLEGAL, who picks up that tab Hick. THERE ARE SOME TABS THAT CAN’T BE PICKED UP!

  • Mare Blatchley

    No, They shouldn’t come to Colorado or the USA either!
    Sorry, Hickenlooper, but I see what you’re doing,, trying to appease both sides! You’re a democrat through and through.

    • Mary

      You must have missed the part where members of the GOP regularly attempt to appease “both sides”. It’s a flaw in ALL politicians – of course, if they didn’t kiss up to everyone, they wouldn’t get elected (and they know it).

  • ted

    Ok Hickenlooper may do it for election but aren’t we supporting him do that by electing him again. Colorado is a immgrant sactuary anyways

  • Stymie

    Hey Hick go to 88th and 76 on a sunday afternoon at the flea market…there’s hundreds of illegals there you bozo.

    • Mary

      Do you report known or even suspected “undocumented workers”?
      Do you refuse to patronize businesses known or suspected to hire “undocumented workers” (and let the companies know WHY you refuse to patronize them)?
      If you are in a position of hiring workers (either for the company you work for/own OR for “private use”, like landscaping your home or performing home improvement), do you demand proof that the worker(s) are “legal workers”?
      If you cannot say YES to all of the above, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

  • MrEddd

    Amen to Mary’s comment. However, I think that they all should be spread out among the so called blue states. They are the ones who elect the idiots who create these havens for illegals. This serves to encourage more of them to come here. Hickenlooper and O’Malley from Maryland are among the worst offenders. Now both of them are whining don’t send them here. These two states should be among the first to receive a large number of these illegal refugees.

    • Anonymous

      Jennifer will you please pay the tab for all of them. We have a legal way to become a citizen I have many friends that have done it that didn’t break the law.

      • Snarky Cosmos

        Agreed…Jennifer will champion them until they are wanting to set up camp in her back yard; then it will be a cry of NIMBY from her. She wants them, then she should pay for them.

        Put your money where your mouth is Jenn.

  • stacy

    I really hope all these HATE comments aren’t coming from Christians. because Im pretty sure Jesus loves all his children despite the country they were born in. yes its not ideal and we need to find some kind of solution to immigration but the way you all are talking is sinful. 57,000 could be about 1000 kids a state very doable. but all these states that are so religious and say they want to do what Jesus says are being total jerks and hypocrites. Do me a favor stop crying religion when its convenient and then spread so much HATE the very next breath. Either start acting Christian or stop hiding behind it. I know no one said anything about religion but I bet you all claim you are Christians at church, except maybe Jennifer the one person to seems to have a heart, she’s the only one who can honestly say she’s Christian, if she is. its sad when people are more angry about money then they care about helping innocent children. what you do to the least of my children you do unto me, something like that im sure u all know the exact quote. im glad im not telling “Jesus” to get out and go home, just a thought.

    • Snarky Cosmos

      It has nothing to do with religion; but the Rule-of-Law that governs the United States, which is a Republic, not a Democracy. I can’t hide behind religion as I’m an atheist.

      Illegal aliens break the law, and as such don’t belong in this country.

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  • coloradocommish

    “Concerned”…… Unless there’s money to be had, or votes to garner….. despicable.

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