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NYC Rolling Out the Hospitality Cart for Migrants

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In the past few weeks, close to 5,000 migrants have arrived in the five boroughs of New York City, adding to the strain on the shelter system in place in the Big Apple. This influx is due to the initiative started in mid-April to send migrants to Washington, D.C., and New York City to help alleviate the southern border crisis’ effect on border communities. This has seemingly caused a lot of stress for the decision makers who have advocated for open borders and claimed their cities to be safe havens for illegal immigration. Essentially, they are now reaping what they have sown. 

Migrants arriving in New York City from the border are being housed in the  $700 a night luxury hotel The Row in Times Square in the next coming weeks, while New York taxpayers foot the bill. While these migrants will be assigned to ring-fenced floors and according to the staff at the hotel, told to use a separate entrance than tourists being charged top dollar to stay there, they will still get to enjoy the luxuries that the hotel has to offer.

Up to four floors of the 28-story building have been allocated to  New York City’s Department of Homeless Services for them to use as temporary housing for families and individuals being bussed to sanctuary cities such as NYC from the borders by Texas and Arizona’s governors who have had enough of their border communities being overrun with migrants.

The Row, on 8th Avenue between 44th and 45th streets, sits right in the heart of Manhattan’s Broadway Theater District and has top-notch views of NYC’s skyline,  a full fitness studio, a communal workspace equipped with Apple’s $2,000 iMac desktops, and a lounge where a homemade, hand-stretched pizza will run you starting at around $20.

The bar menu is even more impressive, with cocktails costing up to $19 each, while a glass of champagne is $22. Room prices vary depending on the size, but the executive suite is set at $719 a night.

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 Staff at the hotel has also confirmed that security would likely be increased.

The migrants arriving in New York City are being welcomed with liberal-loving open arms, as bystanders outside the Port Authority stand holding welcome signs with goodie bags. 

Mayor Adams is blaming this crisis on Mayors Ducey and Abbott, but NYC’s sheltering problems began long before the buses arrived with asylum-seeking migrants. When Adams took office in January, he was the first New York City mayor in decades to inherit a smaller shelter population than his predecessor, and this was due largely in part to a Covid-related state ban on evictions that reduced the flow of new clients into the shelter system. So, the shelter programs shrank in size and in budget. Meanwhile, rents were hitting new highs every month, evictions began moving through housing court amid a shortage of tenant attorneys, and rental vouchers became harder for people in shelters to use, thanks to NYC’s bureaucratic nightmare.

The headcount in shelters across the city was 45,000 when Adams took over, but now exceeds 50,000 people, many of them families. Last month, the city violated the law when it failed to timely place four families in temporary housing amid a crush of new applicants. And now, the city, claiming sanctuary status, has no choice but to accept the busloads of migrants now arriving by the day. 

Adams has said that the entire increase is due to migrants seeking asylum, but his administration says it doesn’t have an actual headcount, because it cannot inquire about citizenship. I wonder who is funding the goodie bags.