Illegal Immigrants Sleep on Floor of Overcrowded Roosevelt Hotel Bar In Wake of Eviction


Dozens of illegal immigrants have been sleeping on the floor of the bar at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel turned shelter. 

According to the New York Post, this comes just after the first wave of “asylum seekers” was evicted due to the city’s 60-day stay-limit rule. 

The eviction notice affected the first 13,000 single-adult illegal immigrants to be housed in the former hotel.

Those affected can return to the main intake center at the site and reapply for housing. 

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Due to the city’s “Right to Shelter” law, they must be given housing, but the new stay-limit rule has recently been reduced by New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

Newly instated illegal immigrants will only be granted free taxpayer-funded housing for 30 days. 

Martin Cordero, a single 30-year-old male illegal immigrant from Venezuela, came to the United States without a plan. 

He said, “I don’t know what the next step from here is.”

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“They asked me if I had anyone that can pick me up​, but I don’t know anyone here​,” he added. “They told me this is just temporary.”

Another single adult male illegal immigrant from Venezuela named Daniel noted that he slept in a chair in the Roosevelt Hotel bar. 

“They were supposedly going to move us to another place, but we don’t really know how long we will be staying here,” he said. “We have to wait for space if we don’t have anyone to contact to come get us. They have not said how long that will be.”

City Hall representative Amaris Cockfield explained why people are sleeping at the hotel bar. 

She said, “After a long and arduous journey, often on cramped buses, people at the arrival center are made comfortable and able to safely doze off, while waiting a few hours for placement.”

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She also claimed, “We have no overnight stays in the lobby.”

But one shelter worker who wished to remain anonymous noted the men sleeping in the bar remain for different periods of time. 

“It depends on their situation — they could be there for hours — but most times they could be there for days,” she said. 

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