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Michael Bloomberg: Pres. Biden needs to ‘stand up’ to teachers unions

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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday called on President Joe Biden to “stand up” to teachers unions, as states and cities across the country try to move toward reopening schools while many teachers refuse to teach in person until they start receiving vaccines in large numbers.

“It’s time for Joe Biden to stand up and to say, the kids are the most important things, important players here,” Bloomberg said in a Wednesday interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle. “And the teachers just are going to have to suck it up and stand up and provide an education.”

“What we’re doing to poor kids is a disgrace,” the billionaire philanthropist also said. “These poor kids are not in school, they will never recover from this—and they had a bad education experience anyways. We have not had good schools for poor kids and this now is just so much worse.”

“Teachers say, ‘Well, I don’t want to go back because it’s dangerous,’” he added. “We have a lot of city and state and federal employees who run risks, that’s part of the job. You run risks to help America, to help your state, to help your city, to help your family and there’s just no reason not to have the schools open.”

Further, the former 2020 Democratic candidate for president blasted virtual schooling, calling it “a joke—worse than a joke.”

“Poor people don’t have iPads, they don’t have WiFi, they don’t have somebody at home to sit during the day and force the child to pay attention and without that, the virtual learning just does not exist,” he said.

“The president has to stand up to the unions,” Bloomberg added.

On Wednesday the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Rochelle Walensky, told reporters that there “is increasing data to suggest that schools can safely reopen and that safe reopening does not suggest that teachers need to be vaccinated.”

RELATED: CDC Director: Vaccinating teachers ‘not a prerequisite’ for safely reopening schools

Last week, Bloomberg wrote an opinion piece for Bloomberg Opinion citing CDC data that found a scant spread of COVID-19 within schools and said that data “should send a clear message to governors, mayors and teachers union leaders: It’s time to open the schools.”

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ICE arrests over 130 illegal migrant sex offenders

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Just The News put together a terrifying report on the announcement by officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Enforcement and Removal Operations. Data released Monday unearthed that the agency arrested more than 130 sex offenders illegally present in the United States in a nationwide campaign.

From Oct. 22 through Nov. 4, law enforcement arrested 138 noncitizens, “including some with an executable final order of removal,” ICE wrote in a statement about the operation.

“Many of those arrested were described as citizens of Mexico who were convicted of child sex crimes. Offenders’ published ages ranged from 24 to 65″ adds Just The News.

“These sex offenders will be removed from the U.S., ending and impeding their ability to further victimize residents,” said Salt Lake City ICE official Michael Bernacke.

Five noncitizen sex offenders were apprehended in the Salt Lake City area, 21 were arrested in the Los Angeles area, five in the Seattle area and 15 in the San Francisco area.

ICE’s removal office conducted 3,415 arrests of noncitizens for sexual assaults last fiscal year, authorities said.

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