Amid the surging illegal alien crisis, the city of New York will convert at least six more school gymnasiums into temporary housing for illegals, enraging parents in the city.
As the New York Post reports, the schools that will have their gyms handed over to illegals are Williamsburg’s PS 17, PS 18, PS 132, and MS 577, Sunset Park’s PS 172, and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens’ PS 189.
Parents have already begun expressing their outrage, even as they voice their support for illegals. Virginia Vu, a parent at MS 577 in Brooklyn, says that, while she and other parents “care about asylum-seekers, and we’re proud our city is a ‘sanctuary city,’” also declared that “housing asylum seekers on school grounds is absolutely unacceptable.”
Cots have already been set up in the single gym that is shared by PS 17 and MS 577. As a result, students will be forbidden from using the gym, and since the gym is also the only way to access the outdoor playground, students will essentially be forced to remain inside all day as long as the illegals are there.
“The school will be under lockdown all day,” Vu pointed out, also noting that any and all outdoor activities would be indefinitely suspended as well. “The students will be trapped inside and will not be able to go outside for recess or physical education, which will be a huge detriment to their wellbeing. These kids just came through COVID, and now they’re being locked inside the classroom.”
“Schools are kept secure for a reason. Parents have to sign in and provide ID when they go into school — now there’s migrants in the playground,” said Damaris Fernandez, who has children at both PS 17 and MS 577. “My phone has been going crazy with angry parents. Nobody agrees with what’s happened.”
On Sunday, MS 577 Principal Maria Masullo sent a letter to parents insisting that the impact of housing illegals would be minimal.
“This should not impact school operations, nor will families have access to any other part of the school where students and staff are,” Masullo claimed.
But some parents have already threatened to pull their kids out of the schools immediately. One parent, who only gave the name Lillian, said “No f***ing way. I’m not bringing them back until I’m sure there won’t be grown men in their gym.”
“That makes no sense,” she continued. “Why would I bring my child to a school where there is grown adult men in their gym? You won’t let a stranger come into the school with no ID, but you’ll let them live in your school gym?”
The spike in illegals comes after the Biden Administration officially ended the Trump-era policy of Title 42, which greatly cracked down on legal and illegal immigration in the midst of the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic, citing the safety of public health. Hundreds of thousands of illegals began congregating at the border as the midnight deadline for the end of Title 42 drew closer, and began flooding the border once the policy officially expired.