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Former employee reveals shocking conditions in NYC migrant hotel: 'Free for all'

A former employee is blowing the whistle on conditions and activity inside a trendy Manhattan tourist hotel now housing migrants. 

Carlos Arellano, the former employee, said the Row NYC Hotel is a “free for all” as drugs, sex and violence engulf the hotel, which is now one of the city’s largest housing areas for migrants. 

On “Fox & Friends Weekend” Saturday, Arellano detailed a heartbreaking discovery where he claimed to have found a ten-year-old girl drunk in her hotel room with her parents nowhere to be found. He added that it, sadly, was not a one-off incident.

“Every day, we find about ten kids alone in their hotel rooms, either drinking or doing drugs. Weapons will be in the room. But we’re not allowed to go in there. We’re not allowed to take anything from them. It’s basically a free-for-all,” Arellano said.

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    The Row Hotel in New York City is being used to house migrants who have traveled to the sanctuary city. (Fox News)

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    Former Row NYC Hotel employee Carlos Arellano shares a glimpse of life inside the migrant hotel. (Carlos Arellano/Fox News)

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    Former Row NYC Hotel employee Carlos Arellano details conditions in the hotel now used to house migrants. (Carlos Arellano/Fox News)

“Just a lot of people who are very there, they don’t appreciate what they have. And they come here with the mindset of the way they live back at their home country, and they think there’s no rules or no laws to be followed here,” he said.

Incidents involving children are also common occurrences like the young girl found intoxicated in a hotel room, Arellano claims. He said hotel staff has little they can do to help much less to identify the children or their parents.

He even shared that employees are not sure whether the children’s parents are actually their parents, because of “fake” documents.

“A lot of former coworkers have reached out and are happy that I did the interview. And they’re saying this place deserves to be shut down, that they fear for their life every day, as well as I do,” he said.

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Despite the prevalence of dangerous activity, Arellano said they are few consequences, and if there are, often times, the migrants are simply reprocessed and sent to a different hotel or housing center.

“If they are kicked out of the hotel, they get sent to a processing center at Port Authority where they get given a second hotel,” Arellano claimed. 

At the Row specifically, it is costing taxpayers around $650,000 per night to house the migrants, ringing in around $500 per night per room. 

Fox News’ Bailee Hill, Timothy J. Nerozzi and Andrea Vacchiano contributed to this report.

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