Carrollton-based Motel 6 to Pay Another $12M for Sending Latino Guest Names to ICE

Motel 6, the national hotel chain owned by Carrollton-based G6 Hospitality, agreed Thursday to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit filed by Washington state claiming names of hotel guests were improperly provided to immigration officials for two years.The information led to targeted investigations by U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who went after people with Latino-sounding names, said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.Some people staying at seven Motel 6 locations in the state were detained or deported, he said."Motel 6's actions tore families apart and violated the privacy rights of tens of thousands of Washingtonians," Ferguson said in a statement. "Our resolution holds Motel 6 accountable for illegally handing over guests' private information without a warrant."Kara Colety, a Motel 6 spokeswoman, said the company will enforce its guest privacy policy, which prohibits the sharing of guest information except in cases where a judicially enforceable warrant or subpoena is present or local law requires release of the information.  Continue reading...

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