Not in My Neighborhood: Protests to Stop Migrants Sheltering in Catholic School, Is the Liberal Tide Turning?

A former Catholic school on Staten Island was turned into a shelter for migrants without the community knowing. The residents of Staten Island protested to try and stop the new shelter from opening. Here’s the full story. 

Migrants Being Bussed to Sanctuary Cities

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Where to House Them?

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As more asylum seekers arrive in New York City each day, the city is faced with the problem of where to house them. 

Unhappy Community

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On Staten Island, an old Catholic school is being turned into a shelter for migrants and the community is not happy about it. 

The City Owns the Property

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When the school closed in 2018, the city bought the property.

Concerned About Crime

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Community members rallied together to protest outside the former St. John Villa Academy. They claim they are not “anti-immigrant,” just “concerned about the potential for crime.”

Blindsided by the Shelter

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Staten Island residents say the school was turned into a migrant shelter “in a cloud of secrecy.” They were “blindsided” by the new shelter which upset them even more. 

Shelter in Between Two Schools

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The abandoned Catholic school sits between two schools and one is an all-girls campus. 

Safety Concerns

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People who live nearby say the shelter is a “safety concern.” One report said the shelter is currently housing “nearly two dozen” migrants with a 300-bed capacity. 

Middle-Class Neighborhood

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The shelter is right in the middle of a middle-class, working-class neighborhood. Neighbors say that 90% of the migrants who get dropped off at this facility are young men.

No Women or Children

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One neighbor said, “I’m tired of the media saying there’s women and children. There are no children in this facility.” The concern is with male migrants so close to the all-girls elementary school.

Migrants Haven’t Been Vetted

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The same neighbor said he was sure the migrants were “wonderful” people who were just “looking for a better life,” but he was concerned that they hadn’t been vetted for “crimes, rapes, murders, and diseases.”

Health Concerns

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Another resident expressed a health concern with housing the migrants.

She wants to know why the migrants don’t have to get vaccinated like everyone else. She said the US is “letting everybody into the country, but we don’t know anything about them.”

Protests

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The shelter on Staten Island has sparked outrage and protests from the community. During the protests, several people were arrested for civil disobedience. 

It Shouldn’t Be a Crime

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Critics on social media spoke out against the arrests. One Twitter user said, “Criminals terrorizing the city get a free pass,” while “speaking out against illegal immigrants” is seen as a crime. 

Unvetted Men

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The angry Staten Island residents showed up to protest the “illegal, unvetted, immigrant men” that they don’t want moving into their neighborhood.

Young Residents Speak Out

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A young lady named Sofia spoke out about the shelter in an interview posted on Twitter. Sofia attends school across the street from the shelter and said she didn’t want these “grown men” so close to where she spends her days. 

Disrespectful

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Sofia called the shelter “disrespectful” to all the students at her school and the people living in the neighborhood. 

Adams vs. Hochul

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The mayor of New York City, Eric Adams, criticized Governor Kathy Hochul has approach to the state’s migrant crisis.

The Governor Is “Wrong”

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Adams said Hochul is “wrong” for not forcing more of New York’s cities to take on some of the migrants that are being housed in New York City. 

Everyone Needs to Pitch In

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Adams reminded Hochul that she is the “governor of the state of New York” and that includes New York City. Adams wants other cities to pitch in and respond to the migrant crisis.

Hochul Blames Biden

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Hochul blamed the state’s migrant crisis on the Biden administration, demanding them to “step up and take ownership.” New York’s requests for financial resources from the federal government have not been addressed. 

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