State sues Motel 6 for working with ICE

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Motel 6 is being accused of voluntarily handing personal information of thousands of guests to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the budget motel chain stands accused of unlawful conduct.

Ferguson said Motel 6’s “actions are disturbing and they are unlawful” as he publicized the fact that at least six guests were detained by immigration officials because of the hotel’s actions. He says the motel provided the names, dates of birth, license plate numbers and room numbers of more than 9,000 guests at six locations throughout the state to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In September, Motel 6 acknowledged that certain Phoenix-area hotels were voluntarily providing daily guest lists to ICE. The company claimed that the actions were done at the local level without the knowledge of senior management.

“Moving forward, to help ensure that this does not occur again, we will be issuing a directive to every one of our more than 1,400 locations nationwide, making clear that they are prohibited from voluntarily providing daily guest lists to ICE,” said the company in a statement. “Additionally, to help ensure that our broader engagement with law enforcement is done in a manner that is respectful of our guests’ rights, we will be undertaking a comprehensive review of our current practices and then issue updated, company-wide guidelines.”

A second statement said, “Protecting the privacy and security of our guests are core values of our company. Motel 6 apologizes for this incident and will continue to work to earn the trust and patronage of our millions of loyal guests.”

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