STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Staten Island anti-government protests during the coronavirus pandemic are the city’s latest plan to detain immigrants, according to local activists speaking at a rally in Midland Beach on Saturday. It is said that it has just started in opposition to
Scott Lovide has lashed out at the discussion of turning the Island Shores Welfare Living Facility in Midland Beach into an immigrant shelter, calling out about 300 people gathered across the building from the city’s anti-government protests. He said it was up to them to fight for what they claimed to be.・American policy.
“We’re at war…and things don’t look good,” said Lovide, referring to what he calls the immigration crisis, the LGBTQ+ movement and cancel culture. Likening the founding fathers who “tended the farms,” Mr. Lovide said there was no excuse not to gather together whenever necessary.
The proposal to turn Island Shores into a migrant shelter is part of an ongoing crisis estimated to cost the city more than $12 billion by July 2025, with the city already receiving $1.45 billion. are spending
More than 50,000 migrants are still under the protection of the city, and 198 emergency evacuation sites have been set up around the five administrative districts. These include 13 large humanitarian emergency relief and response centers, the site of a Staten Island hotel, and at least one former school building.
The administration of Mayor Eric Adams has not confirmed any concrete plans for the Midland Beach site, and the facility’s owner, a nonprofit called Homeless for the Homeless, has withheld inquiries from the city. there is The mayor said Wednesday that authorities will need to set up more migrant shelters in “less desirable” locations if government officials do not step up to deal with the ongoing crisis.
State Rep. Michael Tanosis (R.East Shore/Brooklyn) said the disdain for the city’s “forgotten boroughs” doesn’t stop there.
He lamented to protesters on Saturday that he received an “immediate” email from the city’s Department of Social Services at 5 p.m. on Friday about the city’s latest plans for immigrant housing. “It’s not a phone call, it’s not an invitation to a meeting,” he said. “That’s how we are treated in this city.”
Rep. Nicole Mariotakis (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) said, “Mayor Adams’ reckless plan to turn senior housing into immigrant shelters is a slap in the face to the elderly in dire need of housing.” . A statement has been sent to Advance/SILive.com.
“Midland Beach residents have been fighting for years to keep the neighborhood’s disruptive temporary hotel out of the community. It would be wrong to throw this shelter out without a foundation, and I, along with my colleagues and the community, strongly oppose this plan and ask the city to listen to its residents and build this facility into a much-needed senior housing facility. or urge any desired buyer to expedite the sale.”
Mr. Lovide argued that newscast images of immigrant women crossing waterways with small children was propaganda that reached the United States, saying that most of those arriving were “men of fighting age” who were “struggling to defend their country.” should be sent back to
Others directly involved in the immigration crisis paint a different picture of the issue.
Michelle Molina, executive director of El Centro del Immigration, said after the tragic incident of a Mexican woman giving birth in the lobby bathroom of a Staten Island hospital recently, she said she was struggling in her homeland. Many of the immigrant women fleeing from a point were killed by those who aided them in their passage.
“Most of the women don’t know how much they’ve been sexually abused by the time they get here because they have to cross, they have to go somewhere, or they’ve been sexually assaulted. ‘ she says. “This is one of the reasons we try to advocate for physical and mental health services.”
Saturday’s attendees raged over concerns over their families’ physical and financial security amid a crisis that drew federal involvement. One man yelled, “Don’t let them in!” Send them back! “
Another shouted: “What is the address of the owner of that building?” Let’s go to his house! “
Newsmax TV personality John Tobacco and Guardian Angels founder Curtis Suriwa, who ran for mayor with Adams, were also invited to speak. They cited a rowdy rally outside a Staten Island bar during the 2020 government shutdown that led to arrests, injuries to sheriff’s deputies, and the eventual dismissal of several charges. .
Politicians in attendance, including Borough Mayor Vito Fossella, State Senator Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island), City Councilman David Carr (R-Mid-Island), and State Representative Michael Riley (R-South Shore) With his ears covered, Mr. Tabacco will address the same activists who gathered outside Mack’s Public House in a string of tumultuous events that made national news in 2020. swore to the attendees. Among those in attendance at the time were the Proud Boys, whose then-leader was subsequently convicted of his role in the January 6th Capitol raid.
“I’m going to call a rally of true patriots,” said Mr. Tabaco.
Next to him stood a line of seniors representing nursing homes, wearing shirts that read “Happy Day Adult Day Care.”
Debbie Badra, president of the Midland Beach Citizens Association, said the proposal was “frankly disgusting”, referring to those who live in or frequent adult care homes and that “all senior citizens in the United States It was an insult to
Some of the speakers threatened to march to the Gracie mansion amid cries for immigrants to be housed at the Gracie mansion instead of the Staten Island district.
In response to the backlash, Adams previously said, “People are just feeling the weight of this thing. I know how people on the ground feel, but this is what ‘universe’ means.” We have to find less desirable places for people to stay. “
Suriwa, meanwhile, directly denounced Adams, saying that while he once welcomed migrants’ migration, he is now “disturbed by being forced to push them into every region and every community.” He spends his weekends at hip-hop banzai events. The jab, referring to the city’s ongoing hip-hop 50th anniversary celebrations, drew strong reactions from the crowd.
“This is now a revenge, a blood feud. You have abandoned our people,” Mr. Suriwa said. “This is the Alamo.”