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Mayor Eric Adams suggests migrants could fill NYC’s lifeguard shortage — because ‘they’re excellent swimmers’

Mayor Eric Adams suggested Tuesday that immigrants should be hired to fill the city’s lifeguard shortage — because “they’re good swimmers.”

Hizzoner withdrew his comments when asked at a City Hall press conference ahead of Memorial Day about the presence of lifeguards at the city’s beaches and pools, which has become a growing problem in recent years.

Off topic, Adams suggested that Gotham’s lifeguard shortage could be easily solved by expediting the issuance of migrant work visas for jobs that urgently need to be filled.


Mayor Eric Adams suggested Tuesday that immigrants could help fill the Big Apple’s lifeguard shortage because they are “good swimmers.” Paul Martinka

“How do we have so many people in our cities, in our country, who are good swimmers and yet need lifeguards? The only obstacle is getting them to work to become swimmers. “Don’t give them the right to be a lifeguard,” the mayor said.

“That doesn’t make sense.”

Dozens of migrants walk across the Rio Grande along the U.S.-Mexico border every day to enter the United States, but this out-of-control situation leaves them in need of shelter, food, medical care, and other necessities. Immigrants are flooding into the Big Apple.

Mr. Adams also rattled out many other jobs that could be filled by eliminating red tape and speeding up work permits for skilled immigrants.


Every day, thousands of asylum seekers swim across the Rio Grande River along the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to enter Mexico.
Every day, thousands of migrants swim across the Rio Grande River along the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to enter the United States. james cavom

“If you had a plan that said, ‘If there’s a shortage of food service employees and we don’t have enough people to meet those standards, we’ll prioritize them.’ If you’re a nurse and there’s a nursing shortage, “If you have any experience of being in this situation, we will respond quickly,” he said.

“It’s the same with lifeguards. We want all the qualified people with the skills we need to do the job, but bureaucracy stands in the way and doesn’t allow them to come to work. I can’t give you permission.”

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