Democrat Mayor Eric Adams has defended New York City’s decision to force students into remote learning to use their high school building to house 2,000 illegal migrants.
As Slay News reported, NYC repurposed the James Madison High School in Brooklyn to house illegal border crossers who were transferred from a tent shelter in NYC.
The school’s students were told to “pivot” to homeschooling instead.
However, the move has triggered furious outrage from residents and local politicians.
Adams defended his decision to move the migrants during an interview, according to ABC News.
The “sanctuary” city’s Mayor Adams said Thursday on “Good Morning America 3” that NYC did “the right thing” by forcing students into remote learning so illegal aliens could live in their school.
“We’re not going to say in the city that when we have an emergency that impacts migrants, we’re not going to use our school buildings,” Adams said.
“Because no matter what people say, if you look closely, these are still children, and adults should not ever put anything that’s going to endanger children.
“Not one child or family sleeps on the streets of the city of New York because of what my team has done.”
“Those parents who [have] stated that we can’t inconvenience someone for one day because of other children, that’s not acceptable, and I’m not going to put children in harm’s way.”
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The Big Apple has seen more than 160,000 migrants arrive over the past year.
Adams continues to demand that the federal government step in and help.
The city also announced a 5% budget cut for city services in September to afford the border crisis even though migrants continue to drain the city’s resources.
Adams also has moved to sue several bus companies used by the state of Texas to send migrants to his sanctuary city.
Officials have said the city is overwhelmed, with Adams warning the crisis could “destroy” the city.
Adams, along with other Democrat city mayors, has called on the Biden administration to do more by providing more funding, quicker work permit processing, and help with resettlement.
Meanwhile, his city slashed budgets last year for education, policing, and other sectors.
The mayor has also put restrictions in place on when and where migrant buses can drop off their passengers.
He has also called for other mayors in the region to do the same.