James Madison High School students were forced to attend school virtually Wednesday after the school was temporarily closed Tuesday evening in order to provide shelter for roughly 2,000 illegal immigrants who were evacuated from one of New York City’s tent shelters due to a major storm in the region.
New York City councilwoman Inna Vernikov shared a press release on social media Tuesday, warning that 1,900 illegal immigrants were being transported to the Brooklyn high school and would be staying in the school’s auditorium and gymnasium for the night.
“We warned you! As predicted, Floyd Bennett Field is not a sustainable shelter facility! James Madison High School is becoming a migrant shelter over night,” Vernikov wrote. “1900 migrants are being transferred to this public school to spend the night there to evade the storm. @NYCMayor this is UNACCEPTABLE! Our schools are not migrant shelters!”
According to The New York Post, the school announced Tuesday that classes would be conducted remotely on Wednesday due to the school being used as a “temporary overnight respite center” for the city’s illegal immigrant population. The outlet noted that the decision to use the high school as an emergency shelter was prompted by forecasts of heavy rain and up to 70 mph wind gusts and concerns that the Floyd Bennet Field shelter would not be secure during the adverse weather.
“With expected winds gusts of up to 70 MPH during the height of this storm, we are taking the proactive measure of relocating families from the Floyd Bennet Field shelter out of an abundance of caution to ensure the well-being of those entrusted to our care,” Mayor Eric Adams said. “While families are already in the process of temporarily being relocated, the city will ensure that essential services and the highest level of support are provided to all impacted by this decision.”
Video footage shared by End Wokeness shows the illegal immigrants being transported by school buses and being dropped off at the high school.
Multiple local residents expressed concerns to The New York Post regarding the city’s decision on Tuesday. Additionally, The New York Post reported that one parent confronted the illegal immigrants, shouting, “How does it feel that you kicked all the kids out of school tomorrow? Does it feel good? I hope you feel good. I hope you will sleep very well tonight!”