Hotel chain Motel 6 has come under fire this week, after it was reported that staff at two of its locations in Phoenix have been handing over guest information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials.
According to the Phoenix New Times, which first reported the story, at least 20 undocumented immigrants have been arrested as a result of information provided by the hotel.
— PhoenixNewTimes (@phoenixnewtimes) September 13, 2017
“A Phoenix New Times review of court records found that between February and August, ICE agents made at least 20 arrests at Motel 6s, showing up roughly every two weeks. (Since many of the documents we reviewed contained only vague details about where ICE encountered an individual, the actual number is likely even higher),” the report reads.
Statement Regarding Recent Media Reports on Phoenix-area Location pic.twitter.com/MPxaspNA6b
— Motel 6 (@motel6) September 14, 2017
Since the story was first revealed by the New Times on Wednesday, Motel 6 has responded, saying the policy “was implemented at the local level without the knowledge of senior management. When we became aware of it last week, it was discontinued.”
Listen to an interview with the Phoenix New Times reporter who co-wrote the exposing story, above.
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