Large protests in Scottsdale continue against migrants staying temporarily in hotel | Arizona News

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV / CBS 5) – Large protests continued in Scottsdale on Friday afternoon against a temporary settlement for migrants at a hotel. Many locals in the surrounding area said not only did they disagree with this at all, but felt they had not received any information that this would happen before the migrants. are already installed.

Hundreds of protesters lined the crowded sidewalk for more than a block outside the Scottsdale Hotel. “Over Memorial Day weekend we learned about the hotel and the illegals who were moved in under cover of darkness without any consultation with the local community,” said Lisa Seger.

The ICE says it would use the hotel to house short-term and emergency immigrant families while they wait for treatment.

Seger helped organize the protest on Wednesday and Friday and was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who showed up. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has informed the city of Scottsdale that starting May 29, they will be using a Scottsdale hotel to house short-term and emergency immigrant families while awaiting treatment.

The hosting plan is part of an $ 87 million contract with faith-based nonprofit Endeavors. The contract will last until September 30. For now, however, hotel rooms are meant to house people for 72 hours or less.

Tamorah Trahant said she just wanted things to be done legally. “I’m all for people who come in through the proper channels,” she said. “It is not about being discriminatory in any way at any level. It is only about the Constitution from start to finish.”

Protest at the Scottsdale Hotel

Protesters say they want to see immediate change.

It seemed to be a similar feeling from the crowd. “I would have no problem increasing the number of legal immigrants that we have in this country. I think this must be a very important continuation of our history, but illegal immigrants, it’s just not so. it will happen, ”protester Michael Clifton said.

The ICE said the accommodation is compliant with the law for the safety and well-being of children and their parents, who will also have access to meals, medical care and transportation until their next stop in the hotel.

But for Seger and the other protesters, they want to see immediate change. “I would love to see our mayor and our city council step in and shut this down,” Seger said. She said the next step may be to take the protest to Scottsdale City Hall.

Protest at the Scottsdale Hotel

Protesters say they just want things to be done legally.

But representatives for the city of Scottsdale took up the issue earlier this week on Facebook and said the city currently has no authority to prevent the rental of the hotel to these migrant families and that immigration is a problem. federal issue over which the city has no control.

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