Saturday 13 January 2024

AOC Pressed On NYC Placing Illegal Immigrants In High School: ‘Not In My District … Shouldn’t Be Long-Term Solution’

 Far-Left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) brushed off a question on Friday about New York City placing illegal immigrants in a high school overnight, a decision that forced students to leave early and switch to remote learning the next day.

Fox Business correspondent Hillary Vaughn asked Ocasio-Cortez about the city’s decision to move illegal immigrants to James Madison High School earlier this week, but the congresswoman didn’t appear too excited to answer.

“Are you okay with the school being used as a shelter?” Vaughn asked while walking with Ocasio-Cortez on Capitol Hill.

“You know, I think it’s uh — again, this is not in my district,” she responded.

“I think it’s very clear here that what’s most important is that we identify a facility that’s appropriate for these folks,” Ocasio-Cortez added. “I don’t anticipate this being a long-term solution. It shouldn’t be a long-term solution.”

Parents, students, and politicians slammed city officials after around 2,000 illegal immigrants were transported from Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field to James Madison High School on Tuesday as the city faced a storm causing high winds. New York began placing illegal immigrants in tents at the airfield in November after Governor Kathy Hochul negotiated a deal with the Biden administration to allow the state to use the site to house illegal immigrants who have flooded the Big Apple over the past two years.

Students were forced to leave school early on Tuesday after the city made the decision and reached out to school administrators, and the next day, students remained home for remote learning.

“I do believe they are putting the life of people who are here illegally and not documented over my life. I am a 15-year-old girl at the school who wants to get her education and better her life, and she can’t come to school today because the day was interrupted by people who aren’t supposed to be here,” one student told the New York Post.


“Our public schools are meant to be places of learning and growth for our children, and were never intended to be shelters or facilities for emergency housing,” NYC Republican Councilwoman Inna Vernikov said in a press release after the city decided to move the migrants to the high school. “There are approximately 4,000 students who attend Madison High School. Their parents are rightfully concerned. Our constituents who live in the vicinity are concerned for their safety and wellbeing. This will agitate local residents, disrupt the entire school environment, and place a tremendous burden on our families, students, school administrators and staff.”

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