Temporary immigration facility in Scottsdale

Originally posted June 1; updated June 11

A federal contractor began operating a temporary hotel facility for immigrant families Saturday, May 29. The site has generated substantial public and media attention.

After nearly two weeks of operation, Scottsdale police report that the only calls for service at the location are from those operating it, due to people not associated with the site coming on to the property. Several protests attended by as many as 300 people have occurred, which have been lawful and peaceful.

The question of whether using this hotel for this purpose complies with the city's zoning ordinance has been raised. This hotel has been rented to provide temporary stays to families, and thus far the city has seen no evidence that indicates this use is not in conformance with the zoning ordinance.

The city continues to be in contact with the operator and officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

According to ICE officials, 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. Families are at this location for an average of 48 hours, and the vast majority of people travel outside Arizona after processing. Medical screening (including COVID-19), meals and other services are provided on-site.

A figure of “1,200” families at the hotel in Scottsdale has been cited, which is incorrect. The federal contract provides for 1,239 beds in aggregate for all temporary facilities along the southwest border.

The city has received several hundred calls and emails regarding the facility. Immigration is a federal matter, over which the city of Scottsdale has no responsibility or oversight.

If you have further concerns, please contact your federal government representatives:
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