Stefanik slams NYC move to shift migrants to high school, forcing students into remote learning: 'Outrageous'

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Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY., is taking aim at a move in New York City that saw nearly 2,000 migrants moved temporarily into a nearby high school due to storms, and the students forced into remote learning as a result -- calling it a direct result of "far-left" sanctuary policies.

Stefanik, who is also the chair of the House Republican Conference, was reacting to the movement of 1,900 migrants from a tent shelter at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. New York City Mayor Eric Adams said it was for safety reasons due to storms and potential high winds.

Multiple reports say Adams told reporters in Albany that it was being done out of an "overabundance of caution."

"We want to make sure people are safe," he said.

But they were moved to James Madison High School, which confirmed it was being used as a "temporary overnight respite center" and would be closed as a result on Wednesday -- with students being forced to "pivot" to remote learning as a result. The move sparked outrage from politicians and parents, including Stefanik.

"It is outrageous that Eric Adams and Kathy Hochul are displacing New York students to accommodate nearly 2,000 illegal immigrants at a local New York public high school, a direct result of Joe Biden and the Democrats' failed Far Left sanctuary state policies which is destroying the great state of New York," Stefanik said in a statement to Fox News Digital. "This madness needs to end."

"New Yorkers’ tax dollars are being used to house illegal immigrants, punishing and sending home New York students of James Madison High School," she said. "It is unacceptable that Far Left New York Democrats are once again putting the needs of illegal immigrants over our children."

The New York Post reported how the move has infuriated parents of students at the school, with one woman screaming at buses as they arrived: "How does it feel that you kicked all the kids out of school tomorrow!"... (Read more)