Beloved by penny-pinchers, tired motorists and government employees alike, Motel 6 will do more than “leave the light on” for you- they’ll also alert ICE when illegals are staying there.
That is exactly what happened in Arizona, when it was discovered that employees at two Motel 6 hotels were reporting guest information directly to ICE- and allegedly doing so without the knowledge of senior management.
According to Motel 6, the policies of reporting illegal immigrant guests to ICE was “implemented at the local level without the knowledge of senior management.”
“When we became aware of it last week, it was discontinued,” Motel 6 wrote in the statement posted on Twitter and Facebook.
Immigration officers arrested over twenty people at the two motels between February and August of this year, stopping by every two weeks to make a haul. The two Motel 6 locations were located in predominantly Latino neighborhoods, increasing the odds of a successful bust.
According to The Washington Post, a spokeswoman for ICE’s Phoenix division said she was unable to confirm whether or not the agency routinely reviews hotel guest lists or investigates based on intel from hotel staff.
“Those are investigative techniques that we wouldn’t be able to talk about,” she said. “If hypothetically we were somewhere -if we did administratively arrest some folks- that happens all the time. We conduct targeted enforcement operations every day.”
Hotel staff claim that a report was regularly sent to ICE, sparking ire from pro-illegal immigration groups and sympathizers.
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