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Phoenix hotel to stop work with ICE contractor housing detained migrants

Jul 29, 2020, 3:00 PM | Updated: 7:34 pm
A Hampton Inn is shown Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in Phoenix.  The Trump administration is detaining im...

A Hampton Inn is shown Tuesday, July 21, 2020 in Phoenix. The Trump administration is detaining immigrant children as young as 1 in hotels before deporting them to their home countries. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show a private contractor hired by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is taking children to three Hampton Inns in Arizona and Texas under restrictive border policies implemented during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — The franchisee of a Phoenix hotel confirmed Monday it would stop doing business with a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement contractor that was housing detained migrants there.

Remington Hotels said in a statement that a Hampton Inn & Suites near Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport would no longer welcome the contractor, which held a block of rooms for migrants in U.S. custody.

“This is not business that The Hampton Inn – Airport North supports or wishes to be associated with and the hotel has confirmed that they will not accept similar business moving forward,” Remington Hotels said.

The move comes a week after The Associated Press reported that private contractors were housing young migrants in three Hampton Inn & Suites hotels in Arizona and at the Texas-Mexico border.

The migrants would be housed in the hotels before deporting them to their home countries under policies that have effectively shut down the nation’s asylum system during the coronavirus pandemic.

The hotels have been used nearly 200 times, according to The Associated Press.

Remington Hotels said the Phoenix property was unaware that the rooms were being used to hold migrants in custody.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego applauded the move, calling it a “small victory.”

“Regardless of their immigration status, individuals who are being detained by the government, many of them children, are entitled to a safe environment with trained professionals until they can received their due process,” Gallego said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Phoenix hotel to stop work with ICE contractor housing detained migrants