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Should New York provide migrants with free rooms? Americans weigh in on the proposal

Officials in New York gathered to discuss their thoughts on the Mayor Eric Adams’ plan.



In a Fox News poll, Americans were divided on whether or not they approve of New York City’s plan to provide hotel rooms to migrants.

You shouldn’t let them sit empty if someone is looking for a place to stay, and I agree if they are available. Outside the Row NYC, a high-end hotel the city intends to use, a man named Jerry from Florida gave an interview to Fox News. “There are currently people in a desperate situation that needs to be considered and perhaps given priority until they can be placed in some other facility.”

Although native New Yorker Frank thought it was “absolutely ludicrous,” others in the city were more open to the idea.

“I think that I understand New York trying to provide for all these different people, but… teach them how to work or something,” he remarked. The phrase “Don’t let somebody get a free ride on the taxpayer” comes to mind.


For the past few weeks, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been sending busloads of migrants to New York City to protest the Biden administration’s perceived inaction on the border crisis.

The New York Post reported this week that Mayor Eric Adams is attempting to book nearly 6,000 hotel rooms to house those who have crossed the border illegally. Adams has been critical of Abbott, calling his actions “horrific” and accusing the Republican governor of using people “as political pawns to manufacture a crisis.”

Frank told Fox News that shoring up border security would be the simplest solution. He complained that he feels belittled because other states, especially Texas, “laugh at New York” as its leaders “give away everything that the taxpayers built.”

Don’t make New York City a joke, Frank warned.

There have been two additional migrant buses from Texas that have arrived in New York City as the border crisis continues.

Chris, an Illinois visitor staying at the Row, told Fox News that he feels for locals who are already struggling to make ends meet and now must bear the burden of helping illegal immigrants find a place to call home.

He finally admitted, “I get it; they need a place to put them.” “But I still think we need some control over our borders and some kind of plan in place to house the people,” she continued.

What’s the long term?” he asked. For how much longer will they be staying at the hotel?

As the BIDEN era crisis persists, the number of migrants encountered at the southern border has surpassed 2 million so far in FY22.

According to a July report by real estate firm Douglas Elliman, the median monthly rent in Manhattan was $4,150, nearly $1,000 more than it was in the same month a year ago. And in June, over 50,000 people, according to the nonprofit Coalition for the Homeless, slept in New York City shelters.

Chris argued that the needs of the local homeless population should be prioritized over those of the incoming immigrant population.

Sam was in agreement.

There are “enough people here who are, you know, from the country that need support themselves,” she explained.

However, Ana-Brit, a tourist from Cincinnati, argued that America should aim to be a nation that aids those in need.

That rent is so high is “not fair to anyone,” she argued. Nonetheless, “New York is also a place where it’s for everyone.”

In this city, everyone has a place, Ana-Brit remarked. Furthermore, “it’s a good entry point for many,” particularly “newcomers to America.”

Brooklynite Lisa thinks New York’s plan to use hotel rooms as temporary housing is brilliant and says it will be “such a big comfort” to migrants.

She remarked, “When people are in need, you have to pull out all the stops to give them what they want and what they need to survive and make it through to the next day.”