Last year I wrote about Motel 6s in Phoenix working with ICE to get their guests deported. When Motel 6 would ‘leave the light on’ it was really the police siren light accompanying La Migra.
Motel 6 Phoenix – Northern Avenue, Credit: Motel 6
At one Motel 6 the hotel would fax guests lists over to the police without even having been asked to do so. At another property “anyone who didn’t look American” would get reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The chain which was sold by Accor to Blackstone Group in 2012 has agreed to pay $7.6 million to settle a class action lawsuit for violating the privacy rights of its guests.
Up to $5.6 million will go to Motel 6 guests who faced immigration removal proceedings after their personal information was shared. They are eligible to receive at least $7,500 each.
Another $1 million was set aside for guests who were questioned or interrogated by immigration authorities, with each guest receiving $1,000.
The remaining $1 million will go to guests whose information was turned over to immigration authorities from Feb. 1, 2017 to Nov. 2, 2018. They will receive $50 each.
Motel 6 promises not to share guest data with immigration authorities without a warrant, subpeona, or threat of a serious crime. But they only promise that for two years.