New York City Mayor Eric Adams keeps housing migrants in the city’s most luxurious hotels, raising the question of when exactly this will all end.
Or, as the New York Post’s editorial board put it, “What’s the endgame for New York City’s migrant madness?”
This question was posed in an editorial published Wednesday, a day after Adams announced that he intends to convert the world’s tallest Holiday Inn hotel into the city’s sixth mega-shelter for migrants.
“New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced the city will soon open a sixth Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center at the Holiday Inn Manhattan – Financial District hotel to temporarily serve the continued influx of asylum seekers arriving in New York City,” his office said in a statement.
“As the estimated number of asylum seekers that have arrived in the city since last spring surpasses more than 44,000, this humanitarian relief center will provide 492 rooms to assist adult families and single adult women, and provide them with a range of services, in addition to ensuring they can reach their final desired destination, if not New York City,” the statement continued.
Starting today, an entire Holiday Inn in downtown Manhattan is being transformed into a migrant shelter through May 2024.
The hotel/shelter is fully booked with taxpayer money of ~$2.9 million/month. This is why @NYCMayor is now begging for Federal help. pic.twitter.com/KBnOP4Y2U6
— Stephen Geiger (@Stephen_Geiger) February 6, 2023
According to the Post, the owner of the Holiday Inn has agreed to house the migrants at a rate of $190/room, or $93,500 a day.
“The burn rate of tax bucks to pay for this is obscene: At full capacity, the inn contract alone will cost some $10.5 billion through May 2024. (No wonder Adams recently implied the sky’s the limit on the crisis’ ultimate cost to the city). For skeptics who say migrants can’t possibly fill it to the brim for that long — why not?” the paper’s editorial board wrote in its Wednesday column.
“The migrants keep coming across the southern border, thanks to our president’s wave-them-in policy, and his State of the Union speech gave no hint of plans to change it. Dealing with the tens of thousands of asylum claims by the migrants in Gotham alone will likely take years. Will they remain 100% dependent on the city and state for handouts that whole time?” the board added.
They probably will …
In fact, recently the city decided to relocate a bunch of single men migrants who’d been housed at The Watson hotel to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook, which has been converted into a shelter. But the men refused to budge and, instead, decided to camp out in front of the hotel.
NYC migrants refuse to leave hotel for new Brooklyn location, demand to stay as cops intercede https://t.co/H8UQY34TtL via @americanwire_
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) January 30, 2023
“Some of the migrants and activists say the conditions are uninhabitable at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. They say that it’s cold and there aren’t enough bathrooms, that it’s isolated, and that they don’t like the congregate setting,” according to local station WABC.
“Very basic beds, head to foot, no space in between them, there’s four bathrooms in the entire facility for a thousand beds. They’ve described that there’s only food during limited hours and that sometimes the water runs out – and importantly, also, it’s cold in there,” one migrant complained to local station WNBC.
‘Self-entitled’ migrants turn swanky NYC hotel into violent, drug-infested ‘free-for-all’, employee says https://t.co/eukZC14TEG pic.twitter.com/lfgCEcL7PO
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 1, 2023
This sort of entitlement is fast becoming the norm in the Big Apple.
Though in fairness to the migrants, it’s not like they can just pick up a job.
“If they plan to work, it will take at least six months for any ‘asylum seeker’ to get a permit, and the feds show no sign of expediting the process as Adams demands,” the Post’s editorial board noted.
And even when they get a permit, they probably will still be given the royal treatment, the Post’s board theorized.
“If they are given permits, will the city stop paying the hotel bills? How long does the largesse last? And if they are found not to qualify for asylum, will they be deported? Will our ‘sanctuary city’ allow it?” they wrote.
“Plus, the wave hasn’t stopped landing. The Holiday Inn site is the sixth mega-shelter the city’s set up. At this rate, tourists will soon have nowhere to stay except Airbnb. Handing migrants bus tickets north toward Canada alleviates part of the problem, but hardly enough. The city’s migrant crisis is rapidly becoming migrant chaos. New Yorkers deserve at least a guess from their leaders on how it’s to end,” they concluded.
All this comes as an increasing number of congressional Republicans are calling for the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas:
Impeach Secretary Mayorkas. Deport every illegal alien in our country. Finish the Wall.#SOTU
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 8, 2023
Fentanyl is killing the American people at record rates.
Let’s acknowledge where this fentanyl originates: the southern border.
Impeach Mayorkas, secure the border.
— Rep. Cammack Press Office (@RepKatCammack) February 8, 2023
Proud to support and join @RepAndyBiggsAZ in the fight to impeach DHS Secretary Mayorkas.
Mayorkas’ open border policies aren’t just dangerous—they’re deliberate.
It’s time for Congress to remove him from office. https://t.co/SfgscEjBP3
— Rep. Andrew Clyde (@Rep_Clyde) February 1, 2023
Outstanding discussion today at @Heritage.
Secretary Mayorkas must be impeached.
If we can’t impeach him, we can’t impeach anybody. pic.twitter.com/Wn3fBPzVnh
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) February 8, 2023
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