“Illegal aliens” help drive people out of Colorado, says Republican state house leader

(People are moving out of Colorado? That’s news to…everybody! – Promoted by Colorado Pols)

House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R).

Appearing on conservative radio Thursday, State Rep. Patrick Neville of Castle Rock, the House Republican leader, blamed immigrants for helping to drive people out of the state of Colorado.

The topic was introduced by KLZ afternoon radio host John Rush, who asked Neville about bills to crack down on “sanctuary cities,” which is a term used to describe municipalities that choose not to work with federal officials to deport undocumented immigrants, which can result in the breaking up of families and disruption to local communities and economies.

Neville wants lawmakers to pass legislation, killed by Democrats at the state Capitol, that would have punished public officials who vote to protect undocumented immigrants. He’d do this by allowing residents to sue officials who “adopt sanctuary city policies.”

“When these illegal aliens run around and injure people, that raises litigation costs and it raises property and casualty insurance rates in Colorado, and this is one of many reasons we see citizens moving out of the state,” Neville told Rush.

Neville did not respond to a tweet asking for evidence to support his accusation that people are leaving Colorado due to economic problems caused by immigrants here.

RELATED: State Rep. Dave Williams seeks to reign in “lawless politician community” by targeting sanctuary cities

Statistics repeatedly show that undocumented immigrants commit fewer crimes than U.S. citizens, yet they are often vilified by conservatives.

Listen to Neville on KLZ 560-AM Thursday, March 15:

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  1. Davie says:

    Maybe Neville is talking about people that actually believe the paranoid crap he's selling and tend to vote for the fearmongers?

    Where are they moving to, Idaho?

    I'd say that's a win-win for Colorado wink

  2. spaceman65 says:

    "Right flight"!  Brilliant.  C'mon "illegal" aliens, drive the snakes out of CO!


  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    Jeee eee eee sus. . . 

    . . , and here I thought Neville was an ignoramus about guns . . . 

    . . . What a maroon!!

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    I’m guessing . . . 

    “When these [unfettered and heavily armed gun nutters] run around and injure people, that raises litigation costs and it raises property and casualty insurance rates in Colorado, and this is one of many reasons we see citizens moving out of the state,” Neville told Rush.

    . . . Nevillooney probably hasn’t ever made that connection, or counted those costs and bodies???

  5. allyncooper says:

    Actually Pols, people are moving out of Colorado in record numbers. Do a search and you'll find a number of articles about it in the past few months. However there are still people moving in, so the effect is its slowed positive net migration.

    Although sanctuary city policies and illegal immigration may be a factor for some, the predominant factors of out migration are high housing prices, lack of affordable rentals, traffic and congestion, and increase in crime (felonious crime has increased in the past two years). And although the front range has a very low unemployment rate, many jobs simply do not pay enough to afford the high cost of living.

    One woman said she moved here from NJ three years ago and despite having a paralegal degree she couldn't find a job that paid more than $15 an hour and she's moving back to Jersey.

    A man said his rent went from $500 month to $1200 in the past 3 years plus they started charging him $25 month for a parking space.

    And the powers that be are soliciting Amazon ? 


    • RepealAndReplace says:

      Actually Pols, people are moving out of Colorado in record numbers

      I'm not complaining. And I'm guessing nor are many of the folks who sit in traffic with me on C-470 or I-25.

      • Davie says:

        Before retiring, I was fortunate to be able to telecommute for the last 9 years.  The (large multinational) company loaded up my laptop with all the tools needed to communicate with anyone around the world.

        The office building where my old desk was located was always a ghost town on the rare occasion that I stopped by.  Given the potential cost savings, I'm surprised it's not more popular, at least for a day or two a week.  Taking 40% of the cars off the road would make a significant dent in the congestion.

    • JeffcoBlue says:

      People are always moving in and out, and with a larger population it will always be "in record numbers." This is a false argument, and the fact that Colorado is growing at one of the fastest clips in America is all that matters.

      Neville can't justify either his statement or the reason he speculates.

      • Davie says:

        AllynCooper appears to be quoting from a December 2017 Denver Post article.

        I can cherry pick a story that supports my original contention:

        Mark Conner came to Colorado in 2002 to work as a finance manager at a Front Range refinery. He and his family first lived in Brighton and then moved to Parker as his work location changed. Regardless of whether he drove, took light rail or rode the bus, the commute to downtown and the airport was a struggle.

        “When my wife and I were debating to leave my job, we talked about how Colorado just wasn’t the Colorado we had moved to in 2002.  It had become too crowded, traffic was horrible,” he said.

        Connor, a conservative, also said he observed a changing political climate that made him uncomfortable.

        “Colorado had become very liberal, anti-religion, anti-gun and way too sensitive about stuff,” he said.

        They moved to Oklahoma, which makes perfect sense wink

  6. itlduso says:

    The GOP has apparently made the political calculation that more than 50% of voters are racists.  I couldn't bet against that these days.

  7. mamajama55 says:

    These are real, knowable facts that the government spends considerable effort in the Census to collect. Colorado's population is increasing at a rate greater than the rest of the US. American population has increased 5.9% since 2010; Colorado's is up 10.2%.

    Percentage change from 2010 – 2016: 10.2%

    Percentage change from 2010- 2017  11.5%

    Approx. number increased from 2010-2016 ~ 600,000

    Mostly young kids, 21% Latino, 10% foreign born. For the Nevilles, then,  Colorado's population is  79% non – Latino, and 90% native.

    Hardly an invasion from the south.

    12% are in poverty, but are "working poor".


    It’s why Colorado will likely get an 8th US Congressional seat in 2022, and that it is likely to be where the population growth is concentrated – around Boulder and the tech corridor.

    Sorry/Not sorry, Nevilles.



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