SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5 ) - Large protests continued in Scottsdale Friday afternoon over a temporary migrant facility at a hotel. Many of the nearby residents said not only do they not agree with that at all, but feel they were given no information that this would be happening before migrants were already being moved in.
Hundreds of protesters lined the crowded sidewalk for more than a block in front of the Scottsdale hotel. "Over the Memorial Day Weekend, we were notified about the hotel and the illegals that were moved in under the cover of darkness without any kind of consultation from the local community," said Lisa Seger.
ICE says it would be using the hotel to house immigrant families on a short-term, emergency basis while they await processing.
Seger helped organize the protest both on Wednesday and Friday, and was pleasantly surprised at how many people showed up. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement informed the City of Scottsdale that starting on May 29, they'll be using a Scottsdale hotel to house immigrant families on a short-term, emergency basis while they await processing.
The lodging plan is part of an $87 million contract with the faith-based nonprofit Endeavors. The contract will last through Sept. 30. For now, though, the hotel rooms are intended to house people for 72 hours or less.
Tamorah Trahant said she just wants things done legally. "I'm all for people coming in through the proper channels," she said. "It's not about being discriminatory in any way on any level. It's purely about the Constitution from the start to finish."
That seemed to be a similar sentiment from the crowd. "I wouldn't have a problem with increasing the amount of legal immigrants we have coming into this country. I think that needs to be a very important continuation of our history, but illegal immigrants, that's just not the way for it to happen," said protester Michael Clifton.
ICE said the housing is consistent with the law for the safety and well-being of children and their parents, who also will get meals, access to medical attention, and transportation to their next stop while at the hotel.
But for Seger and the other protesters, they want to see immediate change. "I'd like to see our mayor and City Council step up and close this down," said Seger. She said the next move may be taking this protest to Scottsdale City Hall.
But City of Scottsdale representatives addressed the issue earlier this week on Facebook and said the city has no current authority to prevent the hotel from being rented for these migrant families and that immigration is a federal matter that the city has no oversight over.