Posted on July 16, 2019

Hotel Chains Vow to Block ICE from Using Rooms as Backup Detention Centers During Raids

John Gage, Washington Examiner, July 13, 2019

Major hotel chains have promised to not aid U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement during their planned raids of illegal immigrants this weekend.

“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,” Choice Hotels said in a statement Thursday. “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.”


Marriott, another major hotel chain, also vowed to not allow any of their hotels to be used to detain illegal immigrants.

{snip} “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.”

The move followed protest by activist encouraging the chains to resist helping the ICE raids.