Staten Island’s borough president is taking aim the New York Department of Education.
Vito Fossella says the city’s public schools will start the year with thousands newly arrived migrant children, who may be unvaccinated.
All children must be immunized to attend school in New York Public Schools. But this school year, there’s a lot of new students. Over 100,000 migrants from Central and South America, Hati and oversees arrived in the city last spring, bringing with them more than 20,000 children.
“If you’re going to impose a standard on ordinary citizens, then that same standard should be imposed on individuals from 120 different countries and want to show up on day one for school,” said Fossella at a news conference Saturday, where a handful of Staten Island leaders and residents stood in front of P.S. 038, arguing that migrant children who can’t prove they’ve been inoculated against diseases like Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis B, Measles and Chickenpox, shouldn’t be allowed to start school next week.