Sunday, May 31, 2020

These Hotel Chains are Hellbent to Stop ICE

Major hotel chains are vowing not to let ICE use their rooms for temporary detention during this weekend’s planned raids.

The Hill’s Jessica Campisi reports:
 

Major hotel chains headquartered in the Washington, D.C., area pledged not to allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents to use its hotel rooms as backup detention centers for undocumented immigrants targeted in this weekend’s raids.

“Our hotels are not configured to be detention facilities, but to be open to guests and community members as well,” Marriott International wrote in a statement dated Thursday. “While we have no particular insights into whether the U.S. government is considering the use of hotels to aid in the situation at the border, Marriott has made the decision to decline any requests to use our hotels as detention facilities.”

 

Choice Hotels, a D.C.-area company that owns 11 hotel chain brands such as Quality Inn, echoed Marriott’s statement, saying Thursday that it’s asked its franchised hotels to “only be used for their intended purpose.”

“We are not aware that any of our franchised hotels, all of which are independently owned and operated, are being asked to serve as detention facilities,” the company’s statement reads. “We do not believe hotels should be used in this way and will decline any requests to do so.”

 


The statements come after local activist groups including Sanctuary DMV delivered a petition with over 120,000 signatures.

Sanctuary DMV is pushing other chains, including Hilton, Motel 6, and Best Western, to take similar action.

AAN Staff
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