06 February, 2023 Insurance
There are four takeaways. First, in an age where civil unrest, riots, and protests are increasing exponentially, the border crosser standoff at the Watson Hotel is not surprising. The border crossers and their political activist allies believe they have the right to violate US immigration laws while seeking a better economic life in the US at higher standards than the countries they left. When those standards were not met, a protest/standoff was the predictable result.
Second, other than the scuffle with a news crew, there were no reported acts of violence at the protest, unlike past incidents where aggressive leftist organizations seized hotels using raid tactics, plus assault and battery. Those incidents were:
See more details and analysis on these attacks by Muir Analytics here. Still, the protesters and activists were trespassing and interrupting a lawful business, prompting a police response.
Third, the three hotel incidents mentioned above reflect a national trend in the US: Statistically, the radical left is overwhelmingly responsible for more US hotel violence and protest harassment than any other group in country. This does not mean right-wing radicals have not committed acts of violence at US hotels, and it does not mean they won’t commit acts of violence at US hotels in the future.
Finally, looking ahead, as illegal border crossings in the US continue to surge, where to house safely and effectively these personnel will continue to frustrate cities and towns with limited immigration facilities. As a result, city governments will continue to rely on hotels for housing. Friction at these hotels – protests, riots, assault and battery, and the like – will impact hotels financially and/or physically. This means law enforcement involvement and possible legal troubles/lawsuits.
It also means these hotels might lose their standard insurance coverage, says Business Insurance. This is because hotels that rent to standard lodgers have different risk profiles than those that take on refugees, asylum seekers, border crossers, and the homeless. The risk profile associated with the latter can, according to some hotel staffers, sometimes include excess wear and tear, and violence – things the underwriter did not originally intend to cover in a standard hotel policy. Hotels that take on such persons need to review their insurance policies with their brokers and even consult with their underwriters to see how their new clientele might impact their coverages.
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“NYPD removes migrants camped outside Midtown hotel after standoff about relocating to Brooklyn mega-shelter,” Daily News, 1 February 2023.
“Migrant standoff turns ‘aggressive’ as $190-a-night hotel wins approval to become shelter,” Express, 1 February 2023.
“Standoff outside Midtown hotel, where migrants refuse to go to ‘inhumane’ 1,000-bed shelter in Brooklyn,”Gothamist, 30 January 2023.
“Emergency lodging trend alters hotel risks,” Business Insurance, 2 November 2022.
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