Should New York give migrants free luxury hotel rooms? Americans weigh

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Americans gave Fox News mixed responses on whether they supported New York’s plan to provide migrants with hotel rooms.

“I think if they’re available…why leave them vacant when someone needs a room?” Jerry, from Florida, told Fox News outside Row NYC, an upscale hotel the city plans to use. “Right now there is a desperate situation for some people that needs to be considered and possibly prioritized until they can be placed in another facility.”

But Frank, a lifelong New Yorker, said the idea was “absolutely ridiculous”.

“I think I understand that New York is trying to accommodate all these different people, but…teach them how to work or something,” he said. “Don’t let anybody get a free ride on the taxpayer.”

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Frank, a longtime New York resident, said he disagreed with Mayor Eric Adam’s plan to use hotels as accommodations for migrants.
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For weeks, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been send busloads of migrants in New York, to protest what he sees as the Biden administration’s failure to deal with the border crisis.

Mayor Eric Adams is trying to secure nearly 6,000 hotel rooms to house these cross-border commuters, the New York Post reported this week. Adam criticized Abbott, calling the Republican governor’s actions “horrific” and accusing him of using people “as political pawns to manufacture a crisis.”

Frank told Fox News that the easiest solution would be to strengthen and protect US borders. He said he was upset that people in other states, especially Texas, were “making fun of New York” when city leaders were “giving away everything the taxpayers built.”

“Don’t let New York become a laughing stock,” Frank said.

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Migrants cross the Texas border.  Governor Greg Abbott has sent buses full of migrants to New York and Washington, DC to protest the Biden administration's refusal to act on the border crisis.

Migrants cross the Texas border. Governor Greg Abbott has sent buses full of migrants to New York and Washington, DC to protest the Biden administration’s refusal to act on the border crisis.
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Chris, an Illinois tourist staying at the Row, told Fox News he sympathizes with residents who are struggling to pay rent and now needs to see their ratepayers provide housing for illegal immigrants.

“They have to put them somewhere, I understand,” he said. “But I still think we need to have some kind of control over our borders and some kind of plan in action to house people.”

“What is the long term? He continued. “How long are they going to stay at the hotel?”

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As rents across the city continue to soar and the homeless crisis grows, Chris said the city might want to focus its resources elsewhere.

A bus carrying migrants arrived at the Port Authority of New York on August 19, 2022.

A bus carrying migrants arrived at the Port Authority of New York on August 19, 2022.
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The median rental price in Manhattan was $4,150 in July, nearly $1,000 higher than in the same month last year, according to a July report from real estate firm Douglas Elliman. And more than 50,000 homeless people slept in shelters in New York each night in June, according to the nonprofit Coalition for the Homeless.

“You have homeless people living here who should be taken care of before…immigrants coming here,” Chris said.

Sam agreed.

“I just feel like there’s enough people here who are, you know, from the country who need to support themselves,” she said. said.

But Ana-Brit, who was from Cincinnati, said America should strive to be the kind of country that helps others.

“It’s not fair to anyone…with the rent, it’s expensive,” she said. “But New York is also a place where it’s for everyone.”

Lisa, who lives in Brooklyn, said she likes the city's plan to use hotel rooms as accommodation for migrants.

Lisa, who lives in Brooklyn, said she likes the city’s plan to use hotel rooms as accommodation for migrants.
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It’s a city that everyone can belong to,” added Ana-Brit. “And it’s a good entry point for many… especially [people who are] new to America.”

Lisa, from Brooklyn, called the city’s idea of ​​using hotel rooms for housing “incredible” and said it would be “such a great comfort” for migrants arriving in New York.

“When people are in need, you have to go all out to give them what they want and what they need to survive and survive until tomorrow,” she said.

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