Scottsdale was told last Friday by U.S. Homeland Security and Customs and U.S. Immigration Enforcement that a temporary hotel facility for immigrant families would be used within city limits beginning the next day, officials said in a June 1 statement.
According to the city’s communication’s office, a federal contractor is operating the temporary hotel facility for immigrant families. The operation began on May 29.
“According to ICE officials in that meeting, this site is for intact families seeking political asylum who are being processed and taken to transportation as they continue their journey to a sponsor family or organization. The vast majority of people travel outside Arizona after processing,” the city’s press release stated.
Scottsdale says it has no current authority to prevent the hotel from being rented to these families. The press release added, “Immigration is a federal matter, over which the city of Scottsdale has no responsibility or oversight,” and listed contact information for state and national officials.
The city’s press release quoted a statement from ICE, which included the intention of short-term custody, generally 72 hours.
“... to allow for immigration enforcement processing and establishing appropriate terms and conditions of release while their immigration proceedings continue. All families will be tested for COVID-19 and receive a health assessment at these Emergency Family Staging Centers,” the press release stated.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the contractor who will operate the facility have provided assurances that they will be able to address any operational concerns that may arise, the press release stated.