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Is an Arizona Hotel Being Used as an Illegal Safe House For 'Illegal Immigrants'?

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A holding facility for asylum seekers became the center of protests in June 2021.
The facility is no longer officially a Homewood Suites. The space is not being used illegally to house "illegal immigrants" but rather is temporarily hosting asylum seekers, with ICE and the nonprofit Endeavors in charge. People arriving at the border of the United States are allowed to request asylum without being criminalized.

A former Homewood Suites hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, has become a temporary holding facility for asylum-seeking families, and is under the purview of a nonprofit contracted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In June 2021, hundreds of protesters and some counter-protesters gathered outside a former Homewood Suites hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, demonstrating against its housing of families that were seeking asylum. The facility was reported to be operational since late May.

Snopes readers shared right-wing media outlet Gateway Pundit's post about the reported housing of asylum seekers with us. The post claimed that Homewood Suites in Scottsdale was operating as an "illegal immigrant safehouse." The headline also stated, "Discovered: Migrant Safe House in Scottsdale, Arizona! – ICE and Gov. Agents provide 24/7 security and catering to Illegal Immigrants." Many asked us if the operation of housing asylum seekers was illegal.

We looked into the circumstances surrounding the use of the facilities, and learned that while families are indeed being temporarily housed in a former Homewood Suites in Scottsdale, Arizona, this is legal, and the facility is no longer officially part of the Hilton hotel chain.

Real estate investment trust Woodbridge Holdings, which owns the former hotel, signed a contract with the nonprofit group Endeavors to manage the space as a temporary holding facility for families seeking asylum until at least Sept. 30, 2021. It is not clear yet what will happen after the contract is up, though one report says Woodbridge Holdings is trying to sell the property. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in…
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