At least two Motel 6 locations in Arizona are reporting their guest lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, which has lead in at least 20 arrests of undocumented immigrants, according to New York Times.
“This was implemented at the local level without the knowledge of senior management,” the G6's Director of Public Relations & Marketing, Raiza Rehkoff wrote in an email. The company claims they were unaware of this activity and is now undergoing heavy investigation around the incident.
In a report by the Phoenix New Times, “They have heard that ICE is paying $200 per person for the front-desk clerk to report." With 20 being arrested it brings the payout to at least 4,000. While Motel 6 has yet to respond to direct questions around the guest and employees, both locations told the New York Times it is part of their daily routine. “We send a report every morning to ICE—all the names of everybody that comes in,” said one front-desk clerk to the New York Times. “Every morning at about 5 o’clock, we do the audit, and we push a button, and it sends it to ICE.”
Rehkoff has yet to comment on the consequences the staffers will face for breaching guests' confidentiality information. If you have any information, please directly contact us here.