On Thursday, House Republicans passed a resolution against the use of elementary and secondary school grounds as migrant shelters with a purely party-line vote, with 219 Republicans in favor, and 206 Democrats against.
A Resolution Agaits Using Elementary And Secondary School Grounds As Migrant Shelter Passed By The House Republicans
Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa), the author of the resolution, said that using school facilities as a shelter for illegal aliens rather than as schools, as they were intended, creates a host of issues ranging from safety hazards for young children to a freefall of security issues as a result of not providing the adequate accommodations or security screening.
The Hill reported that Miller-Meeks said her resolution “bans the Biden administration” from repurposing schools, but the measurement doesn’t have the power to force the administration, and it’s been local jurisdictions, not the federal government, engaged in the practice.
Moreover, Democrats opposed the resolution, saying it was based on dangerous stereotypes.
García noted that many of the migrants seeking shelter are not undocumented, but rather asylum seekers with pending cases in immigration court.
But the Republican resolution played on tensions growing in large Democratic-controlled cities, where shelter space is limited.
Most In New York City Uses School Gym For Temporary Shelter For Migrants
In May, New York City announced it was considering converting up to 20 school gyms into temporary lodging for migrants, as the city ran out of shelter space to house newcomers.
The announcement drew negativity from some parents, who complained their children would not benefit from the facilities.
Republicans supporting Thursday’s resolution leaned on that point.
Democrats also attacked the resolution as a subject fueled by Republican Govs. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas, have for months shipped migrants to Democratic jurisdictions without coordinating their comings.