Whistleblower Felipe Rodriguez: Tons of food for migrants is trashed daily
Huge amounts of food that’s being thrown away daily at Row, one of Manhattan four-star hotel that’s been used to house illegal immigrants.
The NYC is spending $400-$500 a night on rooms there. The Stewart, the Row, the Wolcott and the Watson have been set up by Mayor Eric Adams as “emergency shelters”. All four are filled up to their maximum capacity of 2,745 rooms turning away newly arriving migrants, saying every room is full.
A whistleblower Felipe Rodriguez who’s been an employee at Row NYC since 2017, released video and photos of illegal immigrants trashing the hotel and leaving fresh food out to rot.
He said some guests are using hot plates to cook in their rooms, against fire safety regulations. Rodriguez said they’ve even had to take pots and pans away from guests.
“The food is one of the most saddest issues that we face at the ROW,” Rodriguez said. “I like helping people, but how is it that you take all this money … and we got people that are homeless in New York City that can’t even get a sandwich?”
A housekeeper at The Row hotel in Midtown, which is being used exclusively to house migrants, says this is inside one of the rooms. He says many rooms look like this and are “destroyed.” The city says alcohol is strictly prohibited in the hotel. pic.twitter.com/nQE5Xnb03K— Kristin Thorne (@KristinThorne) January 10, 2023
“The chaos that we see at the Row today is [caused] by migrants being drunk, drinking all day, smoking marijuana [and] consuming drugs,” Rodriguez said.
He also said that the Row is struggling with “domestic violence” among migrants, young people “having sex in the stairs,” and a fight between a migrant and a hotel security officer.
“The rugs are destroyed,” Rodriguez said.
“The conditions of the rooms are horrible,” the female housekeeping attendant said. “The carpets are bad. They write on the walls. I would say 95% of those rooms are destroyed.”
“They’re not holding any accountability,” Rodriguez said of the city. “They’re not really supervising this the way they should.”
More than 36,400 migrants have come to New York City in the last few months and have been housed at just 14 hotels, according to Rodriguez.
He said the migrants have started to believe they own the place.
Rodriguez said that he struggled in 2017 to pay his car, gas and electricity bills, but that the migrants have none of those responsibilities.
“There was a lot of stuff that I had to be responsible for. Fortunately for the migrants, they got the government of the United States to hand them carte blanche to pretty much do as they wish. They go in and out of the hotel at will,” he said.
“The ones that have all the power are the migrants. The hotel workers lost their power in the hotel,” he said.
You can't afford rent and will never own your own home but migrants who crossed the border illegally will be living in a luxury hotel where rooms are $400/night. There are people who this doesn't bother but they aren't better than you; they're just richer.https://t.co/wPb4YY2hlF— Batya Ungar-Sargon (@bungarsargon) August 16, 2022
Housing illegal migrants is costing New York City an estimated $1 million-$1.37 million a day. That’s $365 million-$500 million a year.
We only know this much because of Rodriguez’s proactive position as a US citizen. Without knowing the cost of food, or for schools or for social services and not revealing specifics, Adams has requested $1 billion from the feds. He was given $8 million.