The city of New York is being forced to confront disturbing conditions inside one of its largest housing areas for migrants.
Former employee Carlos Arellano of the trendy Manhattan tourist hotel, now known as the Row NYC Hotel that is now housing migrants, and is blowing the whistle on what he says is a ‘free for all‘ of drugs, sex, and violence.
“Every day, we find about ten kids alone in their hotel rooms, either drinking or doing drugs,” Arellano said on “Fox & Friends Weekend“ Saturday. “Weapons will be in the room. But we‘re not allowed to go in there. We‘re not allowed to take anything from them. It‘s basically a free–for–all.”
The former employee also made a heartbreaking discovery, claiming to have found a ten–year–old girl drunk in her hotel room with her parents nowhere to be found.
Arellano said that there are few consequences for the reported incidents, and if there are any, such as a husband beating up his wife, he will just be transferred to a different hotel.
“If they are kicked out of the hotel, they get sent to a processing center at Port Authority where they get given a second hotel,” Arellano claimed. “So if you break the law, it‘s not ‘We‘re going to report it to the proper authorities.’ It‘s ‘Let‘s give you a second or third hotel room, and you still stay in the city.'”
The violation of the law might be one thing, but the financial cost to taxpayers is another. In a memo from the New York City Office of Management, it was revealed that it is costing taxpayers an estimated $4.2 billion on costs related to migrants and asylum seekers through June 30, 2023, and the end of the fiscal year 2024.
The Row is costing taxpayers around $650,000 per night to house the migrants, ringing in around $500 per night per room.
Arellano stated that his former coworkers feel endangered “every day“ while working at the Row.
“A lot of former coworkers have reached out and are happy that I did the interview. And they‘re saying this place deserves to be shut down, that they fear for their life every day, as well as I do,” he said.
The city of New York is now being forced to take a closer look into the disturbing conditions surrounding the housing of migrants at The Row as it tries to handle the influx of individuals crossing the southern border. But while the safety of individuals is at stake, the financial strain on taxpayers is at an all–time high.