Stefanik denounces 'border crisis' that came to Brooklyn school

Stefanik denounces 'border crisis' that came to Brooklyn school

Pictured: James Madison High School

Stefanik denounces 'border crisis' that came to Brooklyn school

New Yorkers were outraged this week when they learned students at a Brooklyn public school were being kicked out of their classrooms so illegal aliens could be housed there.

The illegals have been living at a “tent city” at a former airplane runway, according to The New York Times, and were moved by the city government to James Madison High ahead of predicted heavy wind and rains.

Why is Biden concerned about border? Bad poll numbers

Steve Jordahl, AFN.net

The same Biden administration that reversed tough immigration policies set by the Trump administration, then patted itself on the back for being kind, is now determined to fix the border crisis, according to an NBC News story.

According to the Jan. 8 story, the Biden administration is “running out of options to fix a problem that is driving down [Joe Biden’s]’s poll numbers.”

Bill D'Agostino, of Media Research Center, says the article makes it clear what is happening and why: With poll numbers looking bad, President Biden suddenly wants to stop the flood of illegal aliens.

“Everything up until now has basically been a show of attempting to do something,” he says, “while very clearly not desiring to do anything.”

According to the article, the Biden administration is asking Mexico's president to agree to take back illegals if they are removed from the U.S. In return, Mexico wants "financial aid" from the U.S. 

The Times says the city has roughly 70,000 illegals staying in homeless shelters, tents and dozens of hotels.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, a Republican who represents New York’s 21st district in the northern part of the state, told Fox News the incident represents a failure of leadership not only from President Joe Biden but from New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams, too.

“It outrages every New Yorker and every American,” she said. “And if you look at the polling, 84% of New Yorkers believe that this is a border crisis, and they know it's a direct result of Joe Biden's failed policies and Eric Adams and Kathy Hochul's failed policies when they rolled out the red carpet, claimed they're a sanctuary city, a sanctuary state.”

Stefanik, Rep. Elise (R-New York) Stefanik

Adams told reporters the illegals were being moved “out of an overabundance of caution.”

The Times reported Tuesday that almost 2,000 people were bused to nearby James Madison High after school activities ended for the day and they were expected to leave before classes began on Wednesday. Practices for various sports teams were cancelled on Tuesday.

The school chose to operate remotely after students were told to go home.

Providing shelter for illegal aliens is costing New York City taxpayers $20 million per month, Fox News reported.

Stefanik said the school is paying the price for failed policies.

“In the case of this school, over 60% of those kids come from economically disadvantaged families. That is unacceptable,” she said. “These parents now don't know what to do, and we know there is a negative impact when you're forced to do remote learning.”

Republican state assemblyman Michael Novakhov, who represents parts of southern Brooklyn, participated in a protest outside the high school Wednesday.

“This morning I joined concerned parents to express our outrage at the City’s continued mismanagement of the migrant crisis. The decision to prioritize migrants over our community & our children’s education must end. Education cannot be sacrificed!” Novakhov posted on X.

House bill predicted the problem

Stefanik in July voted with House Republicans to pass the “Schools Not Shelters Act.” The bill prohibits facilities in certain schools receiving federal funding from being used to shelter or house illegal immigrants.

“Housing illegal immigrants in schools is unacceptable and irresponsible. Illegal immigrants do not belong in our schools. It’s the Far Left’s failed attempt to deal with the illegal immigration crisis created by radical sanctuary city policies and Biden’s border crisis,” Stefanik said then.

In July, Adams had already announced plans to house illegals in up to 30 current and former public schools, and Hochul had identified three State University of New York (SUNY) campuses to house up to 1,500 more in dorm rooms.