System in crisis! Hundreds more migrant kids flood US schools

New York City officials are reportedly scrambling to get everything set up for the first day of school next week amid an influx of illegal aliens/migrants.

“Just over 19,000 kids in temporary housing are enrolled in the city school system — the overwhelming majority of whom are asylum seekers,” according to the New York Post.

In addition, another 500 kids were reportedly “added to the mix” this week, bringing the new total to 19,500, though even more kids are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

The Post notes that the school district has recruited 3,400 “English as a new language” teachers to help once school starts on Sept. 7th, in addition to 1,700 teachers who are fluent in Spanish.

The Post also notes that this week, New York City School Chancellor David Banks said that New York school districts must accept this influx of illegal alien/migrant children.

“We recognize that this specific student population faces additional challenges and that the schools need the additional resources to fully support them,” he said.

“Our focus remains undeterred on the education wellbeing, holistic development of every student that steps into the public school, regardless of where they come from, or the language that they speak at home,” he added.

But according to the Post, educators feel as if city officials have left them to fend for themselves.

“I mean, there’s a plan from me. But not from the DOE,” one frustrated principal told the outlet.

Meanwhile, city councilman Eric Dinowitz, a Democrat, said he’s worried that city officials haven’t been coordinating properly with social services and other organizations.

“I know they [the DOE] struggle a lot to coordinate efforts with other city agencies, although they have been responsive when specific needs have been brought to their attention. I hope that their plan going forward isn’t just waiting for local council members to call,” he said.

“It’s hard enough for people who have been here and lived here with years to deal with getting enrolled in school and getting services. It’s going to really be challenging and has been challenging, for migrants. I was in the DOE for almost 14 years, and too often, bureaucrats are more interested in looking like they’re doing the right thing than helping students,” he added.

All this comes amid a potential strike by a union reportedly representing local school bus drivers.

“Earlier this summer, bus drivers from some of the bus companies represented by Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181 voted to authorize a strike on the first day of school if they can’t reach a contract deal with the Department of Education. The union argues that the drivers need pay increases,” according to local station WPIX.

“The Department of Education emailed parents to notify them of a possible disruption in the yellow bus service. Authorities announced a plan to issue emergency MetroCards to all impacted families. Some will be eligible for reimbursement for taxis, ride shares and personal vehicles due to the strike that would impact 80,000 students.”

According to the Post, the illegals/migrants themselves have also been scrambling in preparation for the first week of school.

“We didn’t bring anything with us, just the clothes we were wearing. I don’t have school supplies for the kids,” Jackie Alvarez, a migrant with two children, ages eight and four, told the Post.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do. I bought the kids some clothes at the Salvation Army. They don’t have enough clothes or footwear or school supplies. I have some pens and paper in the shelter but not proper school supplies,” she added.

Karen Maldonado, a migrant mother of a six-year-old and seven-year-old, said she just got her kids enrolled in school last Friday.

“I don’t know if the teachers at the school can speak Spanish. I hope so because my daughters want to learn English. We fled our country to come to America for a better future, so it is important my daughters learn English,” she said.

In separate but related news, Fox News confirmed on Wednesday that NYC’s many migrants won’t need to be vaccinated to enroll in school — and this despite a requirement that regular students (U.S. citizens) are vaccinated.

“Typically, all students aged 2 months to 18 years old who will attend public school, child care, or private school must be vaccinated for a list of diseases before attending, according to the New York City Department of Education,” Fox News notes.

The only exceptions made are if the student has “received the first dose of a school-required vaccine which requires multiple doses.”

Vivek Saxena

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