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A Private Security Company Is Detaining Migrant Children at Hotels

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A Private Security Company Is Detaining Migrant Children at Hotels

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8/17/20
The Trump administration has been using major hotel chains to detain children and families taken into custody at the border, creating a largely unregulated shadow system of detention and swift expulsions without the safeguards that are intended to protect the most vulnerable migrants. Government data obtained by The New York Times, along with court documents, show that hotel detentions overseen by a private security company have ballooned in recent months under an aggressive border closure policy related to the coronavirus pandemic. The increase in hotel detentions is likely to intensify scrutiny of the policy, which legal advocacy groups have already challenged in court, saying it places children in an opaque system with few protections and violates U.S. asylum laws by returning them to life-threatening situations in their home countries.

Because the hotels exist outside the formal detention system, they are not subject to policies designed to prevent abuse in federal custody or those requiring that detainees be provided access to phones, healthy food, and medical and mental health care. Parents and lawyers have no way of finding the children or monitoring their well-being while they are in custody. The existence of the hotel detentions came to light last month, but documents reviewed by The New York Times reveal the extent to which major chains are participating. The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has detained at least 860 migrants at a Quality Suites in San Diego; Hampton Inns in Phoenix and in McAllen and El Paso, Texas; a Comfort Suites Hotel in Miami; a Best Western in Los Angeles; and an Econo Lodge in Seattle.

ICE is hiding these people from their families, immigration lawyers, medical personnel, and the courts overseeing detention orders.

Don't patronize the hotel/motel chains listed in red above.
 

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Well at least they upgraded to hotels.
 

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It's like a 1,000 times better than what they had in Guatemala.

Running water, indoor toilet, electricity, air conditioning, etc.
 

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Who knew Quality Suites rented cages.
 

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Who knew they were sheltering possible COVID immigrants.

Considering the cleaning crew at such places, I am guessing the "COVID" part of your statement is superfluous.
 
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