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Union Transparency Nonprofit Counters LA Hospitality Union’s Push for Homeless Housing in Hotels

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A nonprofit organization focused on promoting union transparency, the Center for Union Facts (CUF), has launched an advertising campaign aimed at countering the efforts of Los Angeles hospitality union Unite Here Local 11’s proposal to house homeless individuals in hotels.

According to reports from Fox News, the ad campaign, titled “Hotel Hell: Local 11’s Plan to Turn Hotels into Homeless Shelters,” targets the Responsible Hotels Ordinance advocated by Local 11. This ordinance seeks to provide temporary lodging for homeless families and individuals, drawing a parallel to the pandemic-era Project Roomkey initiative.

The ad features a homeless individual sifting through a trash can outside a hotel, accompanied by a narrator warning that the union’s proposal seeks to “turn hotels into homeless shelters,” according to reports.

Moreover, the narrative then shifts to a homeless person soliciting change from a family’s hotel room, while the narrator contends that the union’s plan could jeopardize the safety of hotel guests, staff, and homeless individuals.

In addition, Charlyce Bozzello, the communications director at CUF, expressed concerns over the potential risks posed by Local 11’s plan, in an interview with Fox News digital. Bozzello noted that turning hotels into makeshift homeless shelters could compromise the safety and well-being of various stakeholders, including guests, staff, and homeless individuals themselves.

She questioned the appeal of staying in hotels if guests were potentially sharing spaces with individuals facing complex challenges, including drug use or mental health issues.

In a synchronized move, the Center for Union Facts (CUF) has launched an offensive by unveiling a new front: HomelessHotels.com. This digital platform serves as a beacon, shedding light on the perceived risks and adverse outcomes tied to the conversion of vacant hotel rooms into shelters for the homeless.

Through HomelessHotels.com, CUF casts a stark spotlight on the dire aftermath that has unfolded from similar voucher initiatives like California’s Project Roomkey and New York’s homeless hotel endeavor. The website places a spotlight on a range of concerns, spanning from tragic fatalities and violent incidents to the unhygienic exposure to bodily fluids and the grim specter of property damage.

The website delves into the reality faced by workers in the realm of “homeless hotels,” where health hazards and precarious situations, including the presence of dangerous individuals, loom large. It also chronicles instances of rapid deterioration in conditions, leading to harm for both homeless occupants and hotel staff.

CUF’s mission through this campaign and website is clear: to offer a perspective on the potential repercussions of repurposing hotels for homeless accommodation, all while advocating for a strategy that places paramount importance on the safety and well-being of all parties involved.

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DHS protects ‘privacy’ of migrants on terror watchlist

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Fox News reporter Bill Melugin filed a Freedom of Information Act request that sought the nationalities of individuals on the terror watchlist who entered the United States illegally. No more identifying information such as their names or location were requested; nonetheless, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded that the right to ‘privacy’ of the migrants on the watchlist outweighs the public’s right to know.

The denial of the request occurred on the same day that at least one illegal immigrant reportedly on the terror watchlist was apprehended while attempting to infiltrate the Quantico Marine Corps base in Virginia, reports Just The News.

“The privacy interests of the individuals in the records you have requested outweigh any minimal public interest in disclosure of the information,” the department told Melugin in a letter, he wrote in a post on X. “Any private interest you may have in that information does not factor into the aforementioned balancing test.”

Melugin pushed back on the rejection in a post to social media on Thursday, defending his request for the information and claiming that most of the rejection had nothing to do with what he was asking for. He also vowed to appeal the decision.

“I did not ask for any names, IDs, addresses, anything that would breach privacy, nor did I ask for any law enforcement sensitive information,” Melugin said. “I simply requested *only* the nationalities of people arrested on the list, so the public can have an understanding of where in the world they are coming from.”

Just The News adds that the border crisis and influx of illegal migrants has resulted in at least 736 known or suspected terrorists being released into the country in fiscal year 2023. In this fiscal year, at least 210 known or suspected terrorists have been apprehended and then released into the country as of March 22.

 

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