With at least 12 million illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States (a conservative estimate), President Trump’s administration needs all the help they can get rooting out the criminal elements of the illegal immigrant community in our society.
Now, a handful of Motel 6 locations in Arizona are doing their part, helping the Trump administration by sharing their guest lists with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. ICE officers have made over 20 arrests thanks to the information provided by the motel chain, according to a report by The Hill.
Reviewing arrest records reveals that ICE agents have made at least 20 arrests at two Motel 6 locations in Arizona, suggesting that the two Motel 6 locations are sharing their guests’ information with federal law enforcement. It is unclear if other Motel 6 locations are sharing their information with ICE.
The Phoenix New Times makes it clear that turning over guest lists is not standard practice for Motel 6. It appears that local employees are making the decision to tip off ICE agents on their own.
While Motel 6 refused to comment on the practice, local employees informed the Phoenix New Times that this was standard practice. “We send a report every morning to ICE — all the names of everybody that comes in,” explained a front-desk clerk. “Every morning at about 5 o’clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE.”
Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, the spokeswoman for ICE’s Phoenix division, could not confirm that they received tips from Motel 6 employees. “I wouldn’t be able to confirm how we are getting our information. Those are investigative techniques that we wouldn’t be able to talk about,” she explained. “If hypothetically we were somewhere — if we did administratively arrest some folks — that happens all the time. We conduct targeted enforcement operations every day.”
However, open border advocates remain skeptical of the motel employees’ motivation. Immigration attorney Denise Aguilar, who is representing one of the illegal immigrants arrested at the Motel 6, suggests that the employees are motivated by their own self-interest. Based purely on rumor and conjecture, Denise Aguilar says she has “heard (no telling how valid the info is) that ICE is paying $200 per person for the front-desk clerk to report.”
Other conspiracy theorists suggest that turning over guest lists to ICE is a plot by local franchise owners to make more money. According to the theory, franchise owners tip off ICE officials after receiving payment for the room rental. After ICE rounds up the illegal immigrant, the franchise owner is free to rent out the room to another paying customer.
The problem with this theory, however, is that both Motel 6 locations accused of franchise abuse are corporately owned.
After receiving their tip off, ICE agents travel to the motels to conduct a “knock and talk.” The officers arrive at the motel without a warrant and ask to talk to the alleged suspect. If the suspect refuses, ICE can return with a warrant.
“It’s not some big conspiracy,” Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe explained. “If they’re given consent, then they can come in. If they’re not, then they can come back with a search warrant.”
The process that the Motel 6 employees have undertaken is an act that makes them engaged in the protection of our nation. It makes them pro-law enforcement and supportive of a system of laws. No wonder the Left is upset with them.