How to Help Turn the Light Out on Motel 6
The Trump Administration has hired plenty of newly-empowered, barely-trained agents targeting families for immigration enforcement.
Did it really need help from Motel 6 employees?
After reports of similar activity at its Arizona locations last fall, a new lawsuit filed by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson accuses six of the chain's Washington locations of turning over guest names and personal information to federal immigration authorities.
According to the lawsuit, the practice went on for more than two years and violated the privacy of at least 9000 guests. Motel staff shared names, driver’s license numbers, dates of birth, license plate numbers, and room numbers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The basis for much of the information shared with ICE: "national origin, including Latino-sounding names."
While the Motel 6 chain includes both company- and franchise-owned motels, all those cited in the complaint are company-owned, meaning they are under the direct control of Motel 6 corporate leadership.
How to help Motel 6 stop from violating its guests' constitutional rights
Follow the hashtag #BoycottMotel6 for updates. *We will update this with actual boycott plans as they develop.
Call Motel 6 CEO Jim Amorosia (972.360.9000) to share your thoughts on his chain's practices.
Does someone you know think they were impacted? They can contact the Washington AG's Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit at 844.323.3864.
Also: connect with and support groups defending immigrants and refugees, including:
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
National Immigration Law Center
United We Dream
Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Council on American Islamic Relations
Islamic Society of North America
National Council of La Raza
Desis Rising Up and Moving
Asian American Justice Center
National Immigration Project
Black Alliance for Just Immigration
Make the Road
National Day Laborer Organizing Network
New York Immigration Coalition
National Domestic Workers Alliance
International Refugee Assistance Project