Major hotel chains pledge not to let ICE use rooms as backup immigration detention facilities
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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 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 including 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 hotels' statements come after local activist groups including Sanctuary DMV delivered a petition with more than 120,000 signatures to the companies’ local headquarters, the organization tweeted.

Sanctuary DMV is also calling on other national hotel chains, including Hilton, Motel 6 and Best Western, to make similar announcements ahead of the planned raids, which President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE delayed weeks ago and were set to take place in 10 major cities and target up to 2,000 immigrants.

ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.