Posted on May 16, 2024

Eric Adams Suggests Migrants Could Fill NYC’s Lifeguard Shortage

Craig McCarthy and Emily Crane, New York Post, May 14, 2024

Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday suggested migrants should be hired to fill the city’s lifeguard shortage — because “they’re excellent swimmers.”

Hizzoner dropped the comment after being asked during a City Hall briefing about lifeguard staffing at the city’s beaches and pools, which have increasingly had issues in recent years, ahead of Memorial Day.

Going off on a tangent, Adams indicated that Gotham’s lifeguard shortages could easily be fixed if migrant work visas were being expedited for those jobs that needed to be filled quickly.

“How do we have a large body of people that are in our city, our country, that are excellent swimmers and at the same time we need lifeguards — and the only obstacle is that we won’t give them the right to work to become a lifeguard,” the mayor said.

“That just doesn’t make sense.”

Scores of migrants wade across the Rio Grande along the US-Mexico border every day in a bid to enter America, an out-of-control situation that has flooded the Big Apple with immigrants needing shelter, food, medical care and other necessities.

Adams also rattled off a slew of other jobs that could be filled if the red tape were cut and work permits were sped up for skilled migrants.