As the city struggles to find ways to lessen classroom congestion, authorities in NY City plan to enroll at least 1,000 children border crossers into the public schools across the five boroughs, the majority of whom came on migrant buses brought from Texas by Governor Greg Abbott (R).
Buses carrying border crossers arrive in NY City, the biggest sanctuary city in the US that shelters and defends illegal immigrants from deportation and ICE arrest.
Now, according to the New York Post, city authorities in New York said they would enroll at least 1,000 juvenile border crossers into the public schools around the city, from Manhattan to Queens.
“Districts 2 and 3 — which is most of Manhattan — as well as District 10 within the northwest Bronx, District 14 within Williamsburg and Greenpoint, and Districts 30 and 24 within eastern Queens are the areas anticipating the highest influxes.”
“David Banks, the Schools Chancellor said, “Today, all of us are New Yorkers, and it is important that we do all we can to help all these families that genuinely need us.”
“The chancellor has also been spearheading an effort to find more multilingual instructors, hosting two meetings with Dominican Republic politicians since the summer started.”
Along with his pledge to enroll newcomers in the expensive Catholic schools in the city, NY Cardinal Timothy Dolan also promised to enroll young border crossers in the public school system.
Dolan welcomed the migrant buses in NY City last week and stated, “These individuals simply want to get established. They want a regular existence. They’re appreciative to be here, and making sure their kids go to school is a top priority.”
The city is now debating how to enforce new classroom size restrictions imposed by the state legislature this year as authorities prepare for the arrival of possibly thousands of child border crossers that will be enrolled in its public school system.
Before the new restrictions became law, the maximum enrollment in New York City schools varied from 25 kids for kindergarten to 34 students in high school classes. According to the most recent proposal, however, those limits have been reduced to 20 kids for kindergarten to third grade classes, 23 students for the fourth through eighth grade classes, and 25 pupils for the high school classrooms.
Currently, the public school system in New York City is home to close to 920,000 kids.
In July, Mayor Eric Adams (D) urged New Yorkers to “get on board” with the city’s infrastructure, including its hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods, being overburdened by illegal immigration.