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People Are Pissed After It Was Discovered That Motel 6s In Phoenix Were Sharing Their Guest Lists With ICE

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Motel 6 is dealing with their a PR nightmare after the Phoenix New Times broke a story about two Motel 6 locations that were giving names of guests to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, leading to 20 arrests. What came after the story has been a whirlwind of negative press, public backlash, and ridicule all over social media.

This is the story that exposed two Motel 6 locations of giving over information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

According to the ACLU, Motel 6 has long been in the business of giving law enforcement guest lists so that anyone with a warrant can be arrested for checking into one of their locations. The Phoenix New Times spoke with an ICE spokesperson who wouldn’t answer questions directly.

“I wouldn’t be able to confirm how we are getting our information. Those are investigative techniques that we wouldn’t be able to talk about,” Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, a spokesperson for ICE’s Phoenix division, told Phoenix New Times. “If hypothetically we were somewhere — if we did administratively arrest some folks — that happens all the time. We conduct targeted enforcement operations every day.”

And Motel 6 doesn’t deny that it happened.

“This was implemented at the local level without the knowledge of senior management,” reads the first statement by Motel 6. “When we became aware of it last week, it was discontinued.”

People were not convinced by the statement.

One immigration attorney told Phoenix New Times that rumor among detainees was that Motel 6 employees were getting money from ICE agents for every person detained.

“They have heard (no telling how valid the info is) that ICE is paying $200 per person for the front-desk clerk to report,” immigration attorney Denise Aguilar told Phoenix New Times.

But the damage was already done and people started to publicly shame the hotel chain for giving their guest lists to law enforcement daily.

Mainly because the employees of those locations didn’t try to deny it at all.

The public ridicule of Motel 6’s policy of turning over guest information was swift and strong.

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It took a full day of ridicule before Motel 6 would formally apologize for the practice.

And, according to the replies to that tweet, some people think it was just a little too late.

You can read more about ICE at Motel 6s in Phoenix by tapping here.

(H/T: Phoenix New Times)


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