Posted on January 11, 2024

Outraged Parents, Pols Worry Decision to Boot NYC Students From School for Nearly 2,000 Migrants Will Set Troubling Precedent

Georgett Roberts et al., New York Post, January 10, 2024

Parents and pols are outraged that students were booted from a Brooklyn school to make room for nearly 2,000 migrants during Tuesday’s storm — and warned it could become part of the city’s playbook as officials stumble to keep pace with the runaway migrant crisis.

“We never know what’s going to happen with the weather,” state Assemblyman Michael Novakhov (R-Brooklyn) said outside James Madison High School.

“They can be moved here again depending on the weather conditions,” Novakhov said. “If the weather is bad again are migrants supposed to be moved to this school again? Because schools are not the place for migrants — as simple as that.”

The backlash stems from a last-minute decision by Mayor Eric Adams to bus hundreds of migrant families from a controversial tent shelter at Floyd Bennett Field to the school 5 miles away — with asylum seekers forced to nap on a gym floor before being rustled back to the shelter just hours later.

The move displaced Madison High students, who were forced into remote lessons on Wednesday.

“The writing was on the wall the minute the city started being inundated with migrants,” said one mother who only gave her name as Maria. “It’s disgusting. It should not be put on us taxpayers.”

Her teen daughter, a student at the school, added, “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.”

Mom Elina Bekker called the move to force students to stay home a “horrible decision” during a rally outside the school that began with tense exchanges with a handful of counterprotestors.


Cops said the backlash over the brief migrant relocation included bomb threats called in at the school and the Madison Hotel on the Lower East Side — possibly over confusion over the name they share.


The influx of asylum seekers has already put a strain on the school system as thousands of migrant children enrolled in classes — while some schools were used as migrant facilities over the summer.