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An employee at New York’s Row NYC hotel spoke out on Tuesday about how the illegal immigrants who have been placed there have caused “total chaos,” brought in drugs, and trashed the rooms that taxpayers are funding.
Felipe Rodriguez described to Fox News the scene at Row NYC — which is “closed until further notice” as it is being used to house illegal immigrants who have been dropped off in New York — telling “Fox & Friends” that the city was supposed to be running the housing program but that no one was providing any real supervision or direction.
“Chaos, total chaos,” he said of the hotel. “There’s no accountability. The city’s so-called running the program [and] allows these people to destroy these rooms. There is no daily supervision to show these people that … you don’t destroy your hotel. You are only there temporarily. This is not your home.”
“Unfortunately, the ones that are paying the price is the hotel workers, Local 6 union workers,” Rodriguez added. “Those guys and those ladies endure a lot of disrespect from the migrants, and there [are] some nice migrants, but there’s too much alcohol, too much drugs and too much violence, and you have teenagers … going into the staircases and making out like it’s lovers lane … This is a free-for-all.”
Rodriguez himself had to be placed on disability after he was injured while attempting to deliver a refrigerator to an already-cluttered room at the hotel.
To make the situation even more toxic, Rodriguez claimed that hotel management was not terribly interested in fixing the problem — mainly because the government was paying them more to house migrants than they would bring in from regular guests.
“Their self-entitlement is beyond belief. They believe that … the hotel is theirs, and they’re going to do what will what they want, and our general manager really [doesn’t] care about any of the workers’ toxic conditions or hostile conditions. All he cares about is the money. They wanted more money, so it’s easy money from the city,” he said.
Another hotel, the Watson — which has also “suspended operations until further notice” — has been the focus of a protest after a number of male migrants were instructed to move from the hotel to a shelter.
Claiming that the accommodations at the shelter were “subpar,” a number of the migrants opted instead to camp out on the street in front of the Watson in protest.
Migrants returned from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to the #WatsonHotel stating they did not like what they saw. They say the want to stay at the hotel. They will continue to protest outside the hotel #migrant #shelter #nyc pic.twitter.com/JAf7RRrCDS
— Dean_Moses (@Dean_Moses) January 31, 2023
The current situation in 57th street in front of the Watson Hotel. A handful of migrants say they’d rather camp out here than go to the city’s “uninhabitable” shelter in Brooklyn. The migrants who’ve chosen to go to the shelter say it’s comfortable, warm and safe. @ABC7NY #NYC pic.twitter.com/dWpD2Q89ge
— Janice Yu (@JaniceYuNews) February 1, 2023
#NYC Watson Hotel
Dozens of #migrant are refusing to leave the hotel and go to the new shelter the @NYCMayor set up for them . The migrants state that the shelter looks like an ICE detention center. With the aid of activists, they set up camp in front of the Watson hotel pic.twitter.com/bf8wNVosqm
— Viral News NY (@ViralNewsNYC) January 30, 2023