(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) New York City extended its contract with local hotels to help house illegal immigrants for up to three more years at a staggering added cost of more than $1 billion, leaving New Yorkers furious.
The revised contract’s projected new total $1.365 billion price tag — nearly five times what the original deal called for — would just pay the rental fees to more than 100 hotels that were converted into emergency shelters for illegals, the New York Post reported.
The price tag didn’t include the cost of city facilities and other rented sites housing homeless asylum seekers pouring into the “sanctuary city” by the thousands every week.
New Yorkers who have been voting for Democrats and open borders, in particular, for a very long time suddenly started opposing the recent decision after they realized that their city was being invaded.
These people specifically started criticizing the [Eric] Adams administration’s contract with the New York City Hotel Association, which is set to be extended from this year through August 2026. As a result, New Yorkers would be forced to fund all of that for these three years.
“Why are we extending this contract for three years? It sends the message of not wanting to reduce this migrant population,” Nicole Gelinas, a senior fellow with The Manhattan Institute, said, adding that the city created “one big monopoly” by giving the hotel industry an overarching contract without competing bids that could lower costs.
Democratic Queens Councilman Robert Holden also criticized the decision.
“The migrant crisis has evolved into a financial boondoggle, with quietly extended contracts fattening the pockets of a few at the taxpayer’s expense. It’s time to halt this fiscal recklessness.”
“Let’s send those [migrant] buses to the White House and remember that ‘Right to Shelter’ shouldn’t be misconstrued as a global entitlement,” he said, referring to the city’s law that guarantees shelter to the homeless, including asylum seekers.