New Yorkers arrested for protesting in front of bus of illegal immigrants being dropped at former nursing home

STATEN ISLAND, NY – According to officials with the New York Police Department (NYPD), officers arrested 10 people during a protest outside of a former nursing home that has been turned into a shelter for some of the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants overtaking New York City and its surrounding areas.

The protest was held at the former Island Shores Senior Residence located at 1111 Father Capodanno Blvd on the eve of Tuesday, September 19th. Police stated that the protesters were “blocking” a bus full of migrants as it attempted to reach the facility.

Officers reportedly responded in full force to arrest the protesters, which are citizens who have already spoken up about the buses of illegal immigrants getting dumped into their city.

Police issued nine criminal court summonses for disorderly conduct; and according to authorities, one person will be charged.

According to a spokesman for the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Information, the male protester being charged stems from an officer suffering a knee injury while trying to arrest the individual.

The information about the protesters being arrested comes as more than 100,000 migrants have arrived in New York City since 2022, prompting officials to set up emergency shelters in all five boroughs.

Law Enforcement Today (LET) recently reported on the migrant issue and how Mayor Eric Adams has issued several warnings to the citizens of New York City that there is no end in sight to this problem, and that it will “destroy New York City.”

Protesters are angry that the city decided to use a former senior living home to house the migrants. Resident Sal Monforte said, “Two of my nephews got arrested. I almost got arrested. I live 150 feet away from this building and I’m concerned, yes. I have a daughter, we have people in our community who have children who walk up the block to the main bus stop here. We don’t know who they are.”

A woman named Danna, added, “We’re here today because they have unvetted migrants here, and the bus came.”

Staten Island residents also protested the arrival of migrants at St. John Villa, a former Catholic school in the Arrochar neighborhood. On Wednesday, September 20th, Mayor Adams spoke about the protest during an interview with PIX11 Morning. 

“We’re all frustrated," Adams said. "We’re all angry, but those who decide they’re going to cross the line … it’s not going to happen. We will defend the right of the city, but we’re not going to allow those who want to behave in that manner. They were wrong to act that way.”

According to the New York Post, videos shared across social media show some of the protesters shouting and screaming, “You’re not welcome!” and “You are illegal!”

Other videos show protesters carrying signs and chanting, “USA! USA! USA!,” and a man with a megaphone denouncing the migrant’s arrival.

Speaking with NY1, Mayor Adams said, “I’m very clear of the frustration and anger, and New Yorkers have expressed that. But they’re not banging on the doors of buses, they’re not spewing hateful words towards ethnic groups. 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. We’ll manage the crisis, but we’re not going to do it with violence.”

Monforte said that the demonstration was peaceful, until the police arrived and the scene “turned into a riot.”

“Last night," he said "there were more than 200 police officers. There were more police than protesters. It was an overstep by the mayor giving orders like this. 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.”

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