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Hotels cancel veterans' reservations for Army-Navy game as illegal immigrants are given priority: 'We consider it a privilege'
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Hotels cancel veterans' reservations for Army-Navy game as illegal immigrants are given priority: 'We consider it a privilege'

Dozens of hotel bookings have been canceled, mostly for United States veterans, in favor of illegal migrants who are now taking up rooms at Massachusetts hotels.

Hotel rooms for the traditional Army-Navy football gaming taking place at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, have been canceled in droves according to a travel agency, which said 70 reservations were rescinded to make room for illegal immigrants.

Mark Mansbach, owner of the Hillsdale Travel Agency, said he booked over 400 Foxborough-area hotel rooms, most of which are for veterans.

"They pretty much said: 'Listen, we can't help you with rooms for your clients. We're just going to cancel the rooms.' And that was it," Mansbach said, according to WCVB. "It was a done deal. I mean, they'd already started taking in migrants."

Multiple governors spoke out on the issue, including Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey.

"I was very concerned and troubled to hear that any veteran may have had their rooms canceled," she said. "As I understand it, those were decisions made by area hotels," she added.

The governor stated that she directed her secretary of veterans' services to help those who had their reservations canceled, but it was too late for many of them.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis spoke on the issue on his X account.

"Our veterans and service academy graduates cannot find anywhere to stay for the Army-Navy Game because hotels are housing illegal aliens on the taxpayers’ dime. What a farce. When I am president, the days of putting illegals [sic] aliens over Americans will be over," he wrote.

Giri Hotel Management, which operates the Foxborough Comfort Inn along with Best Western hotels in Massachusetts, confirmed to WCVB that the company is providing rooms for what were described as "refugees."

"We consider it a privilege to offer a safe haven to those who have been forced to flee their homes due to challenging circumstances, and our enthusiasm stems from our belief in the fundamental values of compassion and unity," they said in a statement.

“We are delighted to confirm that we are indeed taking refugees at our hotels,” added Claire Mulholland, the company's vice president. “By providing shelter to refugees, we aim to be part of a global community that stands together in support of those in need."

“We look forward to working with local authorities and organizations to ensure a smooth transition for all those who will call our hotels home during their time with us," she continued.

State Rep. Steven Xiarhos mocked the choice by the hotel chains, calling it "ironic."

"We can't find rooms for people that have fought for and sacrificed for our country because we have people living in rooms that are not from this country," the Republican stated.

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Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados

Andrew Chapados is a writer focusing on sports, culture, entertainment, gaming, and U.S. politics. The podcaster and former radio-broadcaster also served in the Canadian Armed Forces, which he confirms actually does exist.
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