Staten Island residents block busload of migrants, NYC Mayor Adams calls it ‘ugly’


Ten people were arrested after New Yorkers took to the streets in an attempt to block a busload of migrants who were being transported to a newly converted shelter in Staten Island, the latest sign that residents are furious about the illegal immigrants who have overwhelmed the Big Apple’s ability to house them.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams denounced the “ugly” incident that took place around 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday night when a group of citizens stopped traffic and surrounded the bus that was dropping off its human cargo at a former Island Shores senior assisted living facility at Father Capodanno Boulevard and Midland Avenue.

In video footage posted to social media, angry residents are seen greeting the bus with shouts of “Go home” and “You’re not welcome!” with some of them banging on the windows before police intervened and made arrests.

Mayor Adams denounced the “ugly display” which he attributed to a “numerical minority” of citizens out of a city of 8.3 million. Hizzoner has recently upped his own rhetoric over the illegal alien invasion of the sanctuary city, warning that Gotham could be destroyed if the foreigners continue to arrive.

(Video: YouTube/ABC 7 Eyewitness News)

“We have 8.3 million New Yorkers. So, if the numerical minority decide to use hateful terms and hateful words, that is not a reflection of who the city is. I’m very clear of the frustration and anger, and New Yorkers have expressed that,” Adams told Fox 5 New York, one of a number of media interviews in which he addressed the Staten Island incident.

“But they’re not banging on the doors of buses, they’re not spewing hateful words towards ethnic groups. That is not how we’re showing our frustration. And I say to those who believe they’re going to use violence by throwing bottles at police officers and migrants, we’re not going to accept that,” he said.

“That’s the message we sent on Staten Island, and I’m going to send it throughout the city,” Adams, a former police officer said of the arrests. “We’ll manage this crisis, but we’re not going to do it with violence and we’re not going to do it with hateful terminologies spewed at individuals.”

But the scene didn’t turn “ugly” until the police arrived, according to Sal Monforte, a 59-year-old retired construction worker who lives in close proximity to the converted migrant shelter, who told the New York Post that the cops turned the “scene into a riot.”

“People were getting arrested for no reason. The 10 people that got arrested last night should never have gotten arrested,” Monforte said.

“Last night, there were more than 200 police officers. There were more police than protesters. It was an overstep by the mayor giving orders like this,” he told the outlet. “The shame is we know a lot of the police that are here. They are local police officers. We have good relationships with them. We back them more than anyone.”

The protest took place only days after angry New Yorkers shouted down Democrat lawmakers including socialist diva Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) at a news conference in Midtown last week.

“We’ve been left alone as a city to solve a national problem,” Adams said. “I need us to get through this together, and how we get through it is not what we saw on Staten Island last night, with people are banging and using derogatory terms. That is not who we are as a city.”

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