Motel 6 employees in Phoenix are reportedly tipping off ICE
Employees at two Motel 6 locations in Phoenix, Ariz., are reportedly tipping off the Immigration and Customs Enforcement about undocumented guests, it has been reported.
Court records obtained by the Phoenix New Times revealed ICE agents made at least 20 arrests at two Motel 6 locations in primarily Latino neighborhoods from February and August.
One clerk told the New Times, “We send a report every morning to ICE — all the names of everybody that comes in. Every morning at about 5 o’clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE.”
In many cases, ICE agents would knock on people’s doors and ask permission to enter without a search warrant, according to court documents cited by the New Times.
While Yasmeen Pitts O’Keef, a spokesperson for ICE, would not confirm whether the agency had received tips from the motels or guests lists, she suggested the “knock and talks” were routine procedure.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents execute search warrants durin in Rowland Heights, California.
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“It’s not some big conspiracy. If they’re given consent, then they can come in. If they’re not, then they can come back with a search warrant.”
It isn’t unheard of for hotels to share that information with authorities, and a spokesperson for the Phoenix Police Department said it has happened “on occasion and through informal contacts”.
While a 2015 Supreme Court Decision bars cities from obtaining hotel guest lists without a warrant, it’s not a problem if employees volunteer the information.