Migrants Camp on NYC Street to Protest Eviction From Luxury Hotel

(RepublicanDaily.org) – A group of migrants camped outside the Watson Hotel, a luxury hotel in the Hell’s Kitchen District of Manhattan, New York City, after being evicted from a tax-payer-funded stay, Fox News reported.

The migrants have camped in the street below the hotel for two days as a pushback to being evicted from the hotel. Migrants were supposed to be moved to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal humanitarian relief center, a new migrant relief center in Brooklyn, New York.

Some migrants left for the center, Fox News reported. However, ABC local news reports local migrants argued that they had found work in Manhattan’s Midtown area, but in Brooklyn they “would be in the middle of nowhere.”

Migrant advocates reportedly protested, saying the city should open up the empty luxury apartments in the vicinity of Watson Hotel on 57th Street, an area locally nicknamed “Billionaire’s Row.” Migrants argued that they had found work in Manhattan’s Midtown area, but in Brooklyn, they “would be in the middle of nowhere.”

However, on January 29, as the city prepared to move single, adult male migrants from the Watson Hotel to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the city workers faced pushback from migrants who refused to leave. The migrants had been previously enjoying a free stay at the $300 per-night hotel.

While migrants reportedly camped out on the street below the hotel overnight, the NYPD has since removed the tents, ABC local news reported.

The center was scheduled to open after Mayor Adams announced New York City had reached its “breaking point” and was no longer able to accommodate migrants seeking shelter.

Since the spring of 2022, over 42,000 migrants have arrived in New York City. Earlier in January, Mayor Adams addressed this influx, explaining that the City had “no more room,” to accommodate new arrivals, Fox News reported.

Adams has called on the federal government to address the situation, speaking about the crisis migration levels at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington in January, The New York Times reported.

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