Arizona AG urges ICE to reverse move to turn hotel into migrant center

Biden admin turns Arizona hotel into ICE holding facility for immigrants

Scottsdale resident Geff Gunsalus shares his concerns with migrant housing on ‘Fox & Friends First.’

FIRST ON FOX: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is urging the Biden administration to reverse a move to turn a hotel in Arizona into a massive facility to keep migrants who have recently crossed the border as part of the effort to handle the surge in migrants at the border.

Brnovich, in a letter to the heads of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), expressed “grave concerns” about an ICE contract with a hotel in Scottsdale, which he says is near a residential neighborhood and a school.

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“I was extremely disappointed to learn about this through a newspaper report rather than any prior contact from DHS or ICE, even though there are important public safety issues involved in locating any detention center in a community setting,” he wrote.

As the administration scrambled to deal with a massive spike in migrant numbers at the border, including migrant families and unaccompanied children, ICE began providing emergency temporary shelter via a short-term contract in Texas and Arizona. The shelters are known as Emergency Family Staging Centers and are part of an $86.9 million contract to house up to 1,200 migrants.

His letter requests answers about the process, including how migrants are being screened for diseases and criminal records, as well as the cost to the taxpayer. He also asks if ICE’s “sensitive location” policy — which stops ICE arrests near schools and churches — would prevent the agency from arresting an escaped detainee.

“There are many serious questions about DHS and ICE’s actions in the current border crisis,” Brnovich wrote. “And it appears that DHS and ICE are attempting to circumvent any state or local involvement in the decision to establish this detention facility.”

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