Motel 6 Believed to Be Outing Undocumented Customers to ICE


The publication reviewed court records between February and August, which show that in that time, ICE arrested at least 20 people at two Motels 6s (4130 North Black Canyon Highway and 1530 North 52nd Drive).

Motel 6 did not refute the allegations raised in the New Times report, saying in a statement: "Regarding the recent media story on Phoenix-area location, this was implemented at the local level without the knowledge of senior management". Could one ever imagine that the immigration debate would extend to ... the front desk of Motel 6, home of the "We'll leave the light on for you" slogan?

The Phoenix New Times notes Motel 6 has a reputation for being eager to cooperate with law enforcement and a location in Warwick, Rhode Island was flagged by the ACLU for sharing its guest lists with police.

And Department of Homeland Security records state only that ICE's Phoenix Mobile Criminal Alien Team Unit had "received information that Rodriguez-Juarez was checked into room #214".

In the first half of 2017, arrests of undocumented immigrants were up by 40 percent compared to the same period in 2016, and arrests of noncriminal immigrants more than doubled, according to CNN.

Two Motel 6 locations in Phoenix, Ariz., are being accused of calling immigration officials on undocumented guests, The Phoenix New Times reports.

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We asked the company whether sending guest list information to law enforcement - including ICE - is the policy at any or all Motel 6 locations.

'When we became aware of it last week, it was discontinued.

'I wouldn't be able to confirm how we are getting our information.

In a statement to, Motel 6 spokesperson Raiza Rehkoff confirmed that the practice had been taking place, but said it had been stopped.

'I don't know how it works, but if you check in and you have a warrant, you're going to get picked up, ' another employee said.

In an email to New Times, Aguilar 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". 'Every morning at about 5 o'clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE'. And the Phoenix locations are corporate-owned, not franchised, which makes it less likely that these are rogue operators. "Those are investigative techniques that we wouldn't be able to talk about", she told the Times. Indeed, the representative would only speak "hypothetically" about vague "targeted enforcement" methods that are regularly employed. "The client said he gave them a Mexican ID card - but there's people who visit the U.S. all the time who have Mexican IDs".