A successful petition by activists to get hotel chains Marriott and Choice hotels to not allow ICE to house immigrants there may lead to more families being separated, according to immigration officials.

Before the current ongoing raid by immigration enforcement of major American cities, activists presented a petition to the world’s largest hotel chain Marriott in the hopes the company would not allow ICE to house immigrants in their hotels. Both Marriott and Choice hotel chains announced they would not work with ICE, which led the agency’s acting director Matthew Albence to say this might lead to more families being separated.

“If hotels or other places do not want to allow us to utilize that, it’s almost forcing us into a situation where we’re going to have to take one of the parents and put them in custody and separate them from the rest of their families,” he said in an interview with the Associated Press.