NYC Mayor: Migrants Would Be Good Lifeguards

New York Mayor Eric Adams said he has a solution to the city’s lifeguard shortage: Hire immigrants since “they are excellent swimmers.”

“How do we have a large body of people that are in our city, and country, that are excellent swimmers and at the same time we need lifeguards — and the only obstacle is that we won’t give them the right to work to become a lifeguard?”Adams said Tuesday during a press briefing, after he was asked if lifeguard staffing at beaches and pools would be a problem, NBC News reported.

Adams also asked to imagine what could happen if work licenses are expedited for immigrants. The mayor didn’t elaborate on the “swimmers” comment, but it came as New York City has faced an influx of immigrants in the past year, many of whom conceivably could have crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico.

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