Two Motel 6 locations in the Phoenix area may have sent guest information directly to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) authorities on a regular basis, according to the Phoenix New Times, which broke the news.
And to somehow make this story even worse, one immigration attorney (whose client is now being detained by ICE and has spoken to others in the same situation) has heard an unsettling rumor involving alleged compensation for these Motel 6 reports: "They have heard (no telling how valid the info is) that ICE is paying $200 per person for the front-desk clerk to report". It's certainly never luxurious, but if one has to find a cheap room off the side of a highway when you're 40 miles from nowhere in Nebraska, Motel 6 is going to offer a reasonably priced room that you're at least 70 percent sure didn't host a dead hooker the night before (and about 10 percent sure it didn't host a live one).
Unofficially, though, employees at both locations said it was standard practice to share guest information with ICE.
Plenty of Mexican nationals carry ID cards from Mexico when they are in the United States, no matter how long they intend to stay.
DestiniaAre two Motel 6 locations in Phoenix routinely sending in leads to immigration agents when they suspect guests of being undocumented? Rocha told the Phoenix New Times. Reportedly, he was arrested six hours later by ICE officials who came to his hotel room. As someone who has had to stay at motels out of necessity (for both geographic and financial reasons), they are places you go when you don't have any other choice.
"We send a report every morning to ICE - all the names of everybody that comes in", a front-desk clerk said.
Motel 6 tweeted its response to the reports Tuesday morning. "When we became aware of it last week, it was discontinued", the tweet stated.
"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, ' she said.
An immigration attorney whose clients are now in ICE custody after they were arrested at a Motel 6 said, "They have heard (no telling how valid the info is) that ICE is paying $200 per person for the front-desk clerk to report".
In other parts of the US, Motel 6 has previously faced criticisms for agreeing to provide local police with a daily guest list. And the Phoenix locations are corporate-owned, not franchised, which makes it less likely that these are rogue operators.