STATEN ISLAND - Welcoming words were drowned out by hecklers outside the former St. John Villa Academy on Staten Island.
However, the borough’s faith leaders spoke through the yelling, even as tensions reached a boiling point.
"We are to treat these neighbors with the same compassion that we would wish to be shown if we were in their shoes," said Rev. Karen Pershing, of the Staten Island Inter-Religious Council.
In recent days, New York Republican lawmakers have called for a special session to address the migrant crisis.
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Jennifer Rajkumar, a Democratic State Assemblywoman, introduced a legislative package paving the way for a statewide response to the crisis.
When questioned by reporters in Albany, Gov. Kathy Hochul said she’s exploring all her options.
"This issue will destroy New York City," he said.
"Let me tell you something New Yorkers, never in my life have i had a problem that I did not see an ending to. I don't see an ending to this," Adams admitted.
Since spring of last year, 110,000 migrants have passed through New York City.
Nearly 60,000 are currently under the city’s care at more than 200 emergency shelters and 16 humanitarian relief centers.
OVer 20,000 migrant children are now enrolled at the city’s public schools.
"We have to feed, clothe, house, educate the children, wash their laundry sheets, give them everything they need, healthcare," Adams added.