Motel 6 employees admit to ratting out undocumented guests to ICE
Two Motel 6 locations in the Phoenix area appear to be hot spots for ICE arrests and, according to an unnamed desk clerk speaking to Phoenix New Times, employees are the ones ratting out undocumented guests:
Management at both Motel 6 locations directed questions to the corporation’s media hotline. Repeated calls over a period of several weeks were not returned.
Unofficially, though, employees at both locations said it was standard practice to share guest information with ICE.
“We send a report every morning to ICE — all the names of everybody that comes in,” one front-desk clerk explained. “Every morning at about 5 o’clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE.”
One local immigration attorney has heard stories that ICE is paying Motel 6 staff $200 for each undocumented guest they into custody, but neither the lawyer not the New Times has been able to verify as much.
Sometimes the ICE arrests are a two birds with one stone situation for cops looking to arrest guests with outstanding warrants.
“They get the list of people who are staying there, and they run them through to see who is wanted for warrants,” said immigration attorney Ray Ybarra Maldonado. “If they have someone with a warrant, and they find someone who is undocumented, they call ICE. It still pisses me off when I hear about it.”
Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, a rep from ICE, remained cagey when the paper asked for comment on how they happen to catch so many undocumented guests at Motel 6: “I wouldn’t be able to confirm how we are getting our information. Those are investigative techniques that we wouldn’t be able to talk about.”