Marriott, Hilton, Choice hotels refuse to serve as immigrant detention centres for Trump’s administration

Marriott, Hilton, Choice hotels refuse to serve as immigrant detention centres for Trump’s administration
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Published: 14 July 2019 - 7:45 a.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen
Hospitality groups Marriott International, Hilton and Choice hotels have refused to serve as temporary detention centres for Trump-backed immigration raids in the US, Skift has reported.

According to reports, President Donald Trump has approved nation-wide raids targeting 2,000 undocumented US residents who remain in the country.

In a statement provided to Skift, Marriott confirmed that it will play no part in this move. The group said that their hotels are not made to be detention facilities “but to be open to guests and community members as well”.

While the group revealed that they have no insight into whether the government will be using their hotels, Marriott has decided to decline any such requests.

Reports suggested that due to a lack of space in ICE detention centres, officials were hoping to use hotels to shelter family members until travel documents could be prepared.

Sanctuary DMV, an immigration activist group posted a statement by Choice Hotels that read: “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. We do not believe hotels should be used in this way and will decline any requests to do so. We ask that our franchised hotels only be used for their intended purpose, which is to provide travelers with a welcoming hotel room.”

Hilton believed in the same sentiment and told Skift, “Our hotels are intended to be welcoming places for all. They are not designed to be used as detention centres, and we reject the idea of using them for this purpose.”

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