NYC Democrat calls out liberal governor, Biden as city turns shuttered McDonald’s into migrant ‘mega shelter’
A New York City Democrat is calling out liberal Governor Andrew Cuomo and President Joe Biden for allowing the city to turn a shuttered McDonald’s restaurant into a “mega shelter” for migrants.
Councilmember Joe Borelli, a Republican from Staten Island, says the city’s decision to convert the closed eatery into a homeless shelter for migrants is “the height of hypocrisy” and “should give pause to even the most ardent of Cuomo and Biden supporters.”
“It’s a true testament to the height of hypocrisy for Andrew Cuomo and Joe Biden to say all the right things about the poor and homeless, but then turn around and use the shuttered McDonald’s to house migrants,” Borelli said in a statement.
The shuttered McDonald’s, located at 518 W. 42nd Street in Manhattan, is being converted into a “mega shelter” that will reportedly house up to 400 migrants, including families and unaccompanied minors. The shelter is expected to open this summer.
In a statement, Borelli said he was “outraged” that the city was “effectively evicting” the homeless in order to make room for migrants.
“It’s outrageous that the City of New York is effectively evicting its poor and homeless citizens in order to house migrants in a single McDonald’s facility,” Borelli said.
The lawmaker went on to say that the decision to turn the restaurant into a migrant shelter was “a slap in the face” to the city’s most vulnerable residents.
“This decision is a slap in the face to the people of New York City who have been struggling with homelessness for far too long,” Borelli said. “It’s yet another example of the government prioritizing those from out of state over its own citizens in need.”
Borelli has called on Governor Cuomo and President Biden to “immediately reverse” the decision to turn the shuttered McDonald’s into a migrant shelter.
“This is not what New Yorkers signed up for,” Borelli said. “Governor Cuomo and President Biden should immediately reverse this decision and find a better solution for those in need.”