Motel 6 was turning over guest info to ICE – no warrants, nothing!

…and give all your info to the Feds

❝ Motel 6 will pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit by the Washington state attorney general over the lodging chain’s practice of handing over guest lists to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The company also committed to no longer provide guest information without a warrant, a policy that will be adopted nationally, prosecutors said.

❝ Motel 6 locations in Washington state provided personal information about their guests to ICE “on a daily basis without requiring a warrant,” according to a statement from the Washington attorney general’s office. In total, the motel chain shared information for about 80,000 guests without their knowledge or consent…

…A Motel 6 spokesperson said, “Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.”

3 thoughts on “Motel 6 was turning over guest info to ICE – no warrants, nothing!

    • Palsy-walsy says:

      Billionaire Trump Backer Stephen Schwarzman Owns Motel Chain Collaborating with ICE (Jan 4, 2018)
      “…Motel 6 is owned by Blackstone Group, the biggest private equity firm in the world. Blackstone acquired Motel 6 and its parent company, G6 Hospitality, in 2012 for $1.9 billion. Blackstone has been hands-on when it comes to its motel chain investment, pouring hundreds of millions into upgrades.
      Blackstone’s CEO is Stephen Schwarzman, one of the most powerful figures on Wall Street, who is worth $12.7 billion. Aside from throwing outrageously lavish birthday parties for himself, Schwarzman has also been a central ally – and enabler – of Donald Trump.
      In addition to shelling out $250,000 for Trump’s Inauguration, Schwarzman has also served as an advisor to Trump and chaired his Strategic and Policy Forum. The President disbanded the CEO Council after members began to resign, due to public pressure, because Trump expressed sympathy for the white supremacists who rallied in Charlottesville. Schwarzman has traveled with Trump on Air Force One and stayed with him at Mar-a-Lago.
      Schwarzman also hosted a $100,000-a-plate fundraiser for Trump at his Park Avenue home on December 1, 2017, to celebrate the Senate’s approval of the GOP tax bill. The billionaires who stand to benefit most from the tax plan – like Schwarzman – raised $3 million for Trump at the banquet, where Trump and Schwarzman sat side by side.”

    • Niemöller says:

      “Tracy Nuetzi, a Trump voter and resident of Florida, was an American citizen for 60 years, until the country decided she wasn’t.
      “I thought, ‘This is a mistake, this must be a mistake,’” she said. Ms. Nuetzi spent nearly a year, from December 2017 to November 2018, trying to prove she was an American, and not liable to be arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
      ICE is not, of course, just a run-of-the-mill government bureaucracy doing necessary work to keep our borders intact. Under President Trump, a wildly invigorated ICE has become an American nightmare, nothing less than the main thrust of an attempt to institutionalize racism against a scapegoated minority — undocumented, nonvoting, mostly voiceless brown people.
      ICE is Trump’s main instrument for the dirty work of trying to make America whiter again, without regard for family values, due process, human rights or even plain human decency. The agency has been a problem for decades, but American citizens often ignore it, content in the belief that their citizenship will prevent them from ICE, deportation, detention without representation and all those horrific stories written about other people.
      But ICE makes mistakes. American citizens can get caught in its maw — even white Americans. According to the Cato Institute, from 2006 to 2017 ICE wrongfully detained more than 3,500 U.S. citizens in Texas alone. Even in Rhode Island, ICE issued 462 detainers for people listed as U.S. citizens over a 10-year period, according to the A.C.L.U. From 2017 to 2019, A.C.L.U. data showed that law enforcement detained 420 citizens in Ms. Nuetzi’s state of Florida, at ICE’s request. Eighty-three of those requests have been canceled, and the people released. The rest remain in detention, waiting for ICE, according to the A.C.L.U. report. Even though ICE detainers should lapse after 48 hours, local law enforcement often continues to hold people until the agency gets around to checking them.”

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