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Residents evicted from Upstate New York hotel to make room for NYC migrants

Rotterdam, New York – The ongoing migrant crisis brewing in New York State appears to have worsened after long-term residents and guests of a Super 8 motel were kicked from their rooms on Tuesday. The sudden evictions, according to a County official, were conducted to make room for “busloads” of third-world migrants being resettled from New York City.

According to reports, the Super 8 Motel near Fort Hunter Park in Schenectady County, abruptly demanded that all its guests and long-term residents check out of their rooms, leaving some with little to no time to find a place to stay. The order was issued after hotel owners signed a lucrative contract with New York City to house foreign “asylum seekers” for up to one year.

Migrants wait in line outside the Jacob K. Javits Building in NYC, June 6, 2023. Photo: David Dee Delgado, Getty Images.

According to those affected, hotel staff went door to door, ordering residents to leave the building no later than the following morning. Some were reportedly told to stand outside in the parking lot during a bout of 90-degree heat with all of their belongings. A sign in the lobby of the hotel advised tenants that the building was now closed to the public and urged them to pick up any cash deposits within 60 days of their eviction.

By Wednesday, the migrants had safely arrived in Rotterdam. They were escorted inside the heavy security, filling 85 of the 100-room capacity.

The development was a total surprise to conservative Rotterdam Town Board member Joe Mastroianni. It wasn’t until Mastroianni went to the motel personally did he learn about the migrant agreement from the Hotel’s manager. According to him, the hotel rests on some of the most profitable land in town, and a migrant contract would prevent development into something more beneficial for the community.

Alicia Cartland and her family outside the Super 8 Motel in Rotterdam. Photo: Jim Franco, Times Union

One resident, Alicia Cartland—who is White—had been living inside the Super 8 since October. She claims that the hotel’s offer of cheap pricing and a short distance to the local Taco Bell where she worked was a powerful draw compared to other more traditional forms of housing. To make matters worse, Cartland was joined by her 14-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter, who all now face homelessness after their sudden replacement by migrants.

“After receiving their eviction notice, Cartland says she was left with only a few short hours to pack up all their belongings and scramble to find a new place for their whole family to live. ‘I couldn’t believe it — are you kidding me?’ she said in an interview with the Times Union. ‘I wish I had been informed earlier, so I could have had more time to figure out what to do now.’”

“People are looking for the town to do something, but it’s frustrating because I don’t know what we can do…We don’t have a border wall, we can’t control who comes in and out of our town. If we passed a resolution, who would enforce it?”

Republican Rotterdam Town Board member Joe Mastroianni

Cartland was not the only one to be vocal after her ousting by management. Another woman, whose identity remained anonymous, told local news that she was homeless and was brought to the Super 8 by the Department of Social Services the previous night. Another resident, an elderly man with a disability, reportedly begged a manager for more time to secure a place to go.

The tragic story unfolding in Rotterdam is one that now echoes across the Empire State. Facing an influx of migrants being brought across the United States’ ill-enforced southern border, Republican politicians in places like Texas, and Florida have committed to political theater over effectual policy, bussing loads of so-called “asylum seekers” to liberal cities such as New York City, which has been swamped with over 80,000 migrants since last spring. Unable to cope with the large influx of migrants that the city is required by law to house, one of New York City Mayor Eric Adam’s solutions has been to ship these migrants deeper inland, offering lucrative contracts to upstate hotels in exchange for housing migrants.

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When the predominantly White, working-class residents of a Candlewood Suites hotel in upstate Salina, New York were facing the same dilemma, local activists and supporters of the National Justice Party rallied to their defense. Demanding politicians step in and protect American families over the welfare of migrants and for an end to the policy of mass immigration which has led to the displacement of America’s White majority and the suppression of working class wages.

“If the left and the right refuse to be your advocate, then we will,” said Bill, a local NJP organizer during a protest organized last month. “Let’s put an end to migrant resettlement from New York City, shut out predatory slumlords, and stop the ethnic cleansing of our people once and for all!”

Supporters of the National Justice Party at a migrant resettlement protest in Salina, NY. Photo: Justice Report

The situation in Salina, while precarious, has so far managed to keep migrants out, but only after a lawsuit and a series of bureaucratic hurdles were employed by local politicians which have temporarily barred the hotel from accepting them. Politicians from both sides of the aisle in Rotterdam appear to be far less spirited, offering only impotent expressions of “outrage” and toothless explanations for their inaction.

“People are looking for the town to do something, but it’s frustrating because I don’t know what we can do,” said Mastroianni—a Republican—in an interview with the Times Union. “We don’t have a border wall, we can’t control who comes in and out of our town. … If we passed a resolution, who would enforce it?”

Super 8 Motel in Rotterdam, NY. Photo: Jim Franco, Times Union

“We were recently made aware that a local motel contracted with the city of New York to host a group of asylum-seekers,” said Schenectady County Manager Rory Fluman—a Democrat—in an official statement. “Because immigration is governed by federal law, the county does not have jurisdiction in these matters…These individuals have certain rights under federal law and business owners are free to operate in their best interest. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide additional information as it becomes available.”

The town of Rotterdam joins nearby Colonie and the capitol city of Albany who have already received busloads of migrants of their own. While migrant resettlement has experienced differing levels of pushback depending on where they are sent, some cities, like Buffalo, have accepted them with seemingly no pushback at all. With New York State homeless shelters and social services already pushed to a dangerous brink, those displaced in the wake of migrants could face physical harm or even death if they become forced to rely on them for shelter.

Just last year, two homeless men were savagely attacked with a knife as they slept in their beds at a Rochester, New York-based shelter. One died and another was injured, with police arresting a 40-year-old assailant whose actions forced the system to suddenly relocate 79 displaced people. Later that year, a 27-year-old woman was brutally stabbed to death by her roommate inside a New York City homeless shelter. According to reports, the murder erupted after an argument over “loud music” and “smoking marijuana in the room.”

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