Motel 6 says Phoenix policy working with ICE discontinued
PHOENIX — Motel 6 said its employees in Phoenix will no longer work with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents following reports its workers were apparently turning in guests they believed were in the United States illegally.
The hotel chain responded to the reports, first published in the Phoenix New Times, in a Wednesday tweet.
The chain followed its first tweet with a Thursday statement that said it would order all of its more than 1,400 nationwide locations to stop voluntarily providing guest lists to ICE.
“Protecting the privacy and security of our guests are core values of our company,” the statement read. “Motel 6 apologizes for this incident and will continue to work to earn the trust and patronage of millions of loyal guests.”
The news that Motel 6 workers in Phoenix were tipping off ICE agents thrust the chain into the national immigration debate.
The weekly newspaper reported ICE had arrested at least 20 people at two Motel 6 locations in heavily Hispanic areas of Phoenix, and quoted workers as saying they gave guest lists to agents.
“We send a report every morning to ICE — all the names of everybody that comes in,” a front-desk clerk told the New Times. “Every morning at about 5 o’clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE.”
Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Howard told the New Times in an email that his agency had also received guest lists from hotels and motels on certain occasions.
The KTAR Newsroom contributed to this report.
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