(NewsNation) — More than two dozen U.S. military veterans were kicked to the curb this weekend by hotels in suburban New York City, completely uprooting their lives.
This comes after a busload of 60 migrants were sent to the town of Newsburgh by the request of Mayor Eric Adams. The Crossroads Hotel in Newsburgh is just one of multiple hotels reportedly booting homeless veterans out to accommodate incoming migrants.
It’s reported these hotels make close to $190 a night housing migrants compared to nearly $90 a night housing veterans.
Not only are the veterans out on the streets, but several wedding parties are reportedly scrambling to find new venues or canceling their weddings altogether after the same hotels chose to last minute lodge migrants rather than wedding party guests.
NewsNation has reached out to The Crossroads Hotel in Newsburgh, New York’s Middletown’s Super 8 Motel and Hampton Inn, but they all have declined to comment.
Meanwhile, the historic Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan will soon reopen to accommodate asylum seekers. The city plans to use the Roosevelt in the coming weeks to provide as many as 1,000 rooms.
“New York City has now cared for more than 65,000 asylum seekers — already opening up over 140 emergency shelters and eight large-scale humanitarian relief centers in addition to this one to manage this national crisis,” the mayor said in a statement announcing the Roosevelt decision.
Looking for ways to find shelter for migrants, New York City is turning to vacant hotels. The Holiday Inn near Manhattan’s Financial District closed months ago.
Attorneys for the 50-story, 500-room hotel said reopening as a city-sponsored shelter is bringing in “substantially more revenue” than normal operations.
“They rent out every room at the hotel at a certain price every night,” the attorney told The Associated Press.
Before the surge in asylum seekers, New York City was dealing with a spike in homelessness and packed shelters.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.