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Motel 6 Was Giving Guests Lists To ICE, Now They Are Paying $20 Million To The Victims

A year and a half ago, people were appalled to know that the guests staying at Motel 6 in Arizona had their information compromised. It wasn’t hackers looking to score credit card information, but immigration officials aiming to track down undocumented immigrants.

When people realized that employees of Motel 6 gave away private information about hotel guests to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a boycott ensued. Furthermore — because that tactic is extremely illegal — immigration advocates sued on behalf of thousands of people.

A year later Motel 6 faced two class action lawsuits, one in Washington and another in Arizona. Both cases have closed in huge settlements.

Motel 6 settled their cases out of court and agreed to pay $20 million to all guests with “Latin-sounding names.”


The guests in Arizona got a whopping $7 million settlement, while in Washington, Motel 6 guests there will get $12 million. Guests with Latino-sounding names faced undue stress from having to answer ICE agents knocking on their room doors unexpectedly. However, there is one problem facing attorneys and those in the class action lawsuits.

Attorneys don’t know how to find the guests impacted by the lawsuits.

Some people stayed at Motel 6 under fake names, others perhaps are not in the country anymore, so lawyers have one year to find patrons of the motel or else all of that money goes to waste.

Each guest — roughly 80,000 people — have to either come forward to get their money or else they will just lose it. However, it’s only natural that people are afraid to come forward because of their immigration status.

“The concern here is that this could be a victory in name only,” Geoffrey Hoffman, director of the University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic told Bloomberg News. “It does create a situation here where the party is penalized, but how will it amount to restitution to compensate these victims if their clients have been deported, and any records of deportation are held by ICE?”

READ: Motel 6 Is Being Sued By Two States For Violating Privacy Acts By Giving Guests Lists To ICE

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Trump Thinks That Sending Immigrants To Sanctuary Cities Is A Threat That Will Benefit Him Politically

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Trump Thinks That Sending Immigrants To Sanctuary Cities Is A Threat That Will Benefit Him Politically

With former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, along with other DHS officials who helped initiate the separation of families seeking refuge in the US, gone, Democrats have zeroed in on another opponent to the immigrant rights movement: Stephen Miller.

According to those on the left, the 33-year-old White House adviser is behind President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policy. Most recently, he came up with the idea of releasing undocumented immigrants into “sanctuary cities.” Miller, who is frustrated that several asylum-seeking migrants are passing the first legal barrier of proving “credible fear” of persecution if they returned to their home country, believes sending them to Democratic-governed jurisdictions that have affirmed they would limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities could teach progressive cities and local politicians a lesson.

While the plan was never carried out, Trump has recently expressed new interest in it.

“Just out: The USA has the absolute legal right to have apprehended illegal immigrants transferred to Sanctuary Cities. We hereby demand that they be taken care of at the highest level, especially by the State of California, which is well known or its poor management & high taxes!” the president said on Twitter.

Trump, hoping to ignite fear in people who live in sanctuary cities, added that Democrats should change immigration laws “fast. If not, Sanctuary Cities must immediately ACT to take care of the Illegal Immigrants – and this includes Gang Members, Drug Dealers, Human Traffickers, and Criminals of all shapes, sizes and kinds. CHANGE THE LAWS NOW!”

Democrats, who have conducted several oversight and investigations of Trump-related issues now that they have the majority of the House, want to question Miller on immigration next.

“Steve Miller, who seems to be the boss of everybody on immigration, ought to come before Congress and explain some of these policies,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

However, it is likely that Miller might claim executive privilege, which would help him avoid testifying before the panel. Should he do that, Nadler said that would be “a misuse of executive privilege … Because he seems to be making the decisions, not the Cabinet secretaries who come and go.”

The remark was aimed at Trump, who’s often threatened when someone questions his power, but there is truth to the claim. Miller, a former congressional aide whose title is now senior policy adviser, was behind several of the Trump administration’s controversial immigration policies: orchestrating the January 2017 executive order that barred travelers from seven countries and suspended refugee admissions, to proposing a zero-tolerance approach at the US-Mexico border to dissuade Central American asylum-seekers from lawfully seeking refuge in the US, to pressuring agencies to take more action against migrants at the border.

Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), who is the chairwoman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border security, facilitation and operations, told US News & World Report that Miller needs to come before her panel to “make his case for these terrible policies to the American people instead of being this shadow puppeteer.”

“It’s clear that he’s the one pulling the strings. And if he’s going to continue advocating for these policies and personnel change, then he needs to come before the American people and explain himself. He has to be held accountable,” she said.

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