Report: New York City Hotels Housing Illegal Aliens Receive Over $1 Billion in Taxpayer Funds

In New York City, hotels that have converted into shelters for hordes of illegal aliens have been given over $1 billion in taxpayer money to keep them in business.

As reported by Fox News, the average hotel room for an illegal costs $156 per night, with some costing over $300 per night. As such, the city government has already spent at least $1.98 billion on housing for illegals, with 80% of that amount going to hotels or inns that have been converted into shelters, rather than to shelters operated by the city. Overall, the city has spent at least $4.88 billion on the mass migration crisis.

Some of the contracts agreed upon between the city and various hotels include a deal for $5.13 million per month with the Row NYC hotel, located in Midtown Manhattan. In South Jamaica, Queens, the Crowne Plaza JFK is being given $2 million per month to continue renting out its 335 rooms to illegals.

In September of 2023, the city secured a contract with the Hotel Association of New York City (HANYC) for $1.3 billion over the next three years. In January, another deal was signed between the city and HANYC for $76.69 million to provide “last resort” shelters to illegals at 15 different hotels across the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn through July.

Business owners in the surrounding neighborhoods have noted the decline in economic revenue for their businesses and others around them, as the tourists that would normally stay in such hotels and subsequently patronize their own businesses have been replaced by illegals who have no money.

“Our taxes are being used to pay for the migrants, and where are we supposed to make revenue?” asked William Shandler, manager at the Iron Bar located across the street from the Row hotel. “How as a business could we function?”

Republican Councilwoman Joann Ariola also criticized the gutting of the tourism industry in favor of illegals, pointing out that hotels were built to be used by tourists, “not for sheltering the masses of people pouring over our borders every day.”

“These locations were meant to boost the economy of this city,” Ariola continued, “but instead they’ve become a net drain and are costing us enormously.”

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: New York, N.Y.: Migrants and asylum seekers arrive at Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, New York on Jan. 4, 2024. (Photo by J. Conrad Williams, Jr./Newsday RM via Getty Images)

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  1. If we had actual journalists in this country, some would have dug down deep into the “Cui Bono” part of this equation. Some of the hotel owners are foreign (one is owned by Pakistan) and are getting direct payouts from American taxpayers while offloading their vile, violent dreck onto America. The only systemic activity in the United States circa 2024 is the systemic sacking of the public purse by people who should have been imprisoned long ago. There must be retribution for this kind of betrayal, but I won’t be holding my breath until that happens in a place as lawless as New York.

    One point strikes me as odd. Contracts for an illegal purpose are unenforceable. Using taxpayer funds to house people who are here illegally should be considered malfeasance or misappropriation by public officials (Mayor Adams). What punishment will he face? Re-election? A stern lecture by Judge Merchan?

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