NYC Migrant Shelters Anger Homeless Citizens

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) is finding that the political benefit of declaring his city as a sanctuary city for all comers comes with real-world costs. The red-carpet treatment Adams is providing to illegal migrants is leading to outrage among the homeless American citizens being pushed aside.

Adams has overseen the establishment of a tent city on Randalls Island to accommodate the tiny fraction of the number of illegal migrants entering the country that have made their way to the Big Apple.

The city showcased the facility for the media on Tuesday, touting the amenities being provided by taxpayers for the illegals. They are being provided a full menu of “culturally appropriate” meals three times a day, comfortable recreation areas with plush couches, large-screen TVs, and video games, and fluff-and-fold laundry service.

NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol told media members at the facility that it is “a place people can come, rest, relax and kick their feet up after the journey they have been on.”

The facility also includes foosball and ping-pong tables, snack service, all-day coffee and tea service, and a bank of phones set up to provide access for international calls.

Identification cards are being issued to the illegal migrants solely for access to the facility. They are being used to make sure that ordinary American citizens, like the many homeless veterans sleeping on the city’s streets, do not take advantage of the layout established exclusively for illegal migrants.

Randalls Island is also the site of the HELP Meyer homeless shelter. It sits only about 350 yards away from the new migrant facility.

Brooklyn native Baran Hines has been living in the HELP Meyer shelter since August. He said the building is “awful,” with terrible smells of human waste on every floor. Hines said the tents “look five times better.” He added: “They’ve got Xboxes? Get the f*** outta here!”

Hines said he is sleeping on “a raggedy bed with a hard mattress” and has avoided the food served at the shelter. The laundry machines and elevators in the building are typically out of order.

Adams has dismissed the complaints of homeless and advocacy groups about the preferential treatment being provided to the illegals. He said there are “always going to be reasons people feel that someone is getting something better than them.”

Reports indicate that the city spends about $5,300 per month for each man housed at the HELP Meyer shelter. Of course, that amount of money on the private market would provide a better standard of living than enjoyed by most working or retired Americans.

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