Motel 6 receives backlash for response to immigration report


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".

The New Times report revealed that, of the 20 arrests made at Motel 6 properties in Phoenix, one-third involved agents knocking on a suspect's motel room door without a search warrant and asking for permission to enter.

Staff at the Motel 6 on North Black Canyon Highway declined to answer questions from HuffPost about the New Times report and instead directed HuffPost to call its national media phone number.

The story focuses on the experience of Manuel Rodriguez-Juarez, a 33-year old landscaper and undocumented immigrant who checked into Motel 6 after a fight with his girlfriend and was subsequently thrown in an immigration detention center by ICE.

It remains unclear whether ICE used racial profiling to target these undocumented Latino motel guests, or whether ICE reviewed hotel guest lists and compared them against Department of Homeland Security databases. Rodríguez-Juarez handed over a Mexican voter ID card.

A Motel 6 in Phoenix is accused of tipping off Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents about patrons who may have been in the USA illegally.

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Yasmeen Pitts O'Keefe, a spokesperson for ICE's Phoenix division, would not tell New Times whether or not the agency is acting on tips sent in by Motel 6 employees. "When we became aware of it last week, it was discontinued", the tweet stated. "Every morning at a out 5 o'clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE". All they know is when someone shows a Mexican ID at check in.

Motel 6 employees have been tipping off Immigration and Customs Enforcement about undocumented immigrants.

"I'll tell you one thing, I won't stay at a [M] otel 6 now", said McWhirter. "Those are investigative techniques that we wouldn't be able to talk about".

Immigration attorney Denise Aguilar wrote The New Times in an email that some of her clients "have heard (no telling how valid the info is) that ICE is paying $200 per person for the front-desk clerk to report".

Though police need a warrant to compel hotels to turn over guest information, there's nothing stopping hotels from volunteering it. Hotels also have no legal obligation to inform guests that their names will be sent to the authorities, despite the obvious invasion of privacy.