Insider reveals the truth about New York City's migrant hotel

 May 28, 2023

A former employee just revealed to Fox News what is going on behind the scenes at Row NYC Hotel, and the answer is "a free-for-all." 

The former employee is Carlos Arellano. He appeared on the Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends Weekend on Saturday.

For those unfamiliar with the Row Hotel, it used to be a popular tourist hotel, but it has been repurposed.

New York, despite being a significant distance from the U.S.-Mexico, has not escaped the southern border crisis. The Row Hotel is one place where the migrants who arrive in New York are being housed.

The details

During his Fox News Channel appearance, Arellano detailed what he has witnessed at the Row.

"Every day, we find about ten kids alone in their hotel rooms, either drinking or doing drugs," he said. "Weapons will be in the room, but we're not allowed to go in there. We're not allowed to take anything from them."

Arellano described the situation as "basically a free-for-all."

He said that many of the migrants "come here with the mindset of the way they live back at their home country, and they think there's no rules or no laws to be followed here." And, essentially, this is how the hotel is run. Even if a migrant does manage to get kicked out for his or her behavior, according to Arellano, they just get sent to a different hotel.

Arellano told Fox, "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."

A costly approach

Even if what Arellano says is only partially true, the situation is problematic, especially considering what New York City is paying to house these migrants.

The New York Post reports:

More than 45,200 migrants who have arrived in New York City are currently living in city-operated or city-funded shelter facilities, according to City Hall. So far, the city has opened up 154 emergency shelters, including nine large-scale humanitarian relief centers to handle the continued flood of migrants.

Mayor Eric Adams says that he expects the crisis to cost New York City about $4.5 billion.

The Row in itself is a significant expense. According to the Post, it is estimated to be costing taxpayers about $650,000 per night, which is about $500 for each room for each night.

Given what Arellano says is taking place behind the scenes, it is fair to ask, "is this expense really worth it?"

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