What's more, court documents show that "between February and August, ICE agents made at least 20 arrests at Motel 6s, showing up roughly every two weeks" while there was a distinct lack of "records indicating that ICE conducted arrests at other local motels during this same time period". Motel 6 says it was "implemented at the local level" and senior bosses didn't know, when they found out they fired those involved with the practices. Could one ever imagine that the immigration debate would extend to ... the front desk of Motel 6, home of the "We'll leave the light on for you" slogan?
The story focuses on the experience of Manuel Rodriguez-Juarez, a 33-year old landscaper and undocumented immigrant who checked into Motel 6 after a fight with his girlfriend and was subsequently thrown in an immigration detention center by ICE.
Kilar acknowledged that Motel 6 has the right to share information about guests with ICE, but said such disclosures should "preferably be done in very limited circumstances and pursuant to a warrant".
Plenty of Mexican nationals carry ID cards from Mexico when they are in the United States, no matter how long they intend to stay.
"We send a report every morning to ICE - all the names of everybody that comes in", a desk clerk told the New Times.
"It's not some big conspiracy", ICE spokesperson Yasmeen Pitts O'Keefe told The New Times.
In 2015, the Supreme Court declared it illegal for ICE - or any government agency - to search hotel or motel registries without a warrant. "Every morning at a out 5 o'clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE". Its folksy radio ads seem so very welcoming - they're going to leave the light on for me! "Those are investigative techniques that we wouldn't be able to talk about". "When we became aware of it last week, it was discontinued", the tweet stated.
"It's important that businesses like Motel 6, in the climate we're in now where ICE has been unleashed, that they make very clear how they will be interacting with ICE and law enforcement", spokesman Steve Kilar said.
Since President Donald Trump entered the White House, ICE has been encouraged to be far more aggressive in terms of arresting undocumented immigrants.