ICE is reportedly paying a $200 bounty to Motel 6 for each report of an undocumented guest.
At least two Motel 6 locations in Arizona are reporting their guest lists to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officers, which has resulted in at least 20 arrests, according to local media.
Phoenix New Times reported on Wednesday that two franchise locations of the motel chain are sending their guest lists to ICE agents “every morning,” and possibly receiving $200 per undocumented immigrant caught in the sting.
“We send a report every morning to ICE – all the names of everybody that comes in,” one front-desk clerk told the Times. “Every morning at about 5 o’clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE.”
Immigration attorney Denise Aguilar wrote The New Times in an email that some of her clients “have heard (no telling how valid the info is) that ICE is paying $200 per person for the front-desk clerk to report.”