Posted on May 17, 2024

Colorado Uses Tax Dollars to Fund Free Legal Services to Double Immigrant Asylum Grants

Warner Todd Huston, Breitbart, May 16, 2024

Democrats in Colorado are using tax dollars to fund free legal assistance for immigrants to double the number of asylum seekers settling there even as officials claim that President Joe Biden’s border crisis is breaking their budget.

In 2022, Colorado Democrats pushed through their state-funded Immigration Legal Defense Fund, which provides free legal advice to immigrants to help them gain legal status. The program is funded by $700,000 in taxes through early 2025, up from the $330,000 the program was handed in previous years.

The revelation comes from a Wednesday article by Rocky Mountain PBS meant to cajole readers into believing that “newcomers” are a boon to the Centennial State. The station nevertheless admitted that tax dollars are going to increase the influx of immigrants into the state.

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The PBS article focused on asylum seekers who have quasi-legal status and are officially permitted to be in the U.S. while their filings for asylum are being adjudicated.

The article went on to bat down what it called “myth #2,” which is that all asylum seekers are automatically approved for long-term residency in the U.S.

The article pointed out that the state funding has helped to double the share of immigrants who win asylum to stay in Colorado. From 2018 to 2021, only a quarter of the asylum applicants won their cases, but that share has now doubled to 50 percent.

That brought the PBS station to another “myth” it sought to kill: that of immigrants being given free lawyers for their cases. This, the article informed readers, is not the case. Immigrants do not qualify for free representation from public defenders because only legal citizens are guaranteed legal representation.

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Even as the article tried to convince readers that asylum seekers are not given automatic consideration and free legal counsel, it also ended up revealing that Democrats at the state capitol in Denver actually are working to give free legal assistance to as many of these immigrants as they can and hoping to wildly increase the number of those given permanent residency.

The article noted that, in 2022, the state moved to set up a taxpayer-sponsored fund to give legal assistance to these migrants.

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On April 29, 2024, Democrat Gov. Jared Polis was thrilled to sign HB24-1430 into law, which allocated more funding to the Immigrant Legal Defense Fund.

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