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Motel 6 helped ICE catch illegal immigrants -- and is getting sued for it. Here's why

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For the second time this month, Motel 6 is being sued for cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The first lawsuit was in Washington state and the latest one was in Arizona. (John Gress/Getty Images)

For the second time this month, Motel 6 is being sued for cooperating with federal immigration authorities, according to The Hill.

What happened?

A lawsuit by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund alleges that Motel 6 employees in Arizona gave guest lists to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents.

Eight Latino plaintiffs were detained as a result of Motel 6 turning over the guest lists, and at least one of them was deported. The lawsuit was filed on their behalf.

The lawsuit claims that Motel 6 violated laws that prevent discrimination on the basis of nationality and unreasonable search and seizure.

What was the other lawsuit about?

Earlier in January, Motel 6 was sued by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson after personal information, including license numbers, date of birth, and room numbers, on more than 9,000 guests was turned over to ICE at six Motel 6 locations.

What does Motel 6 say about this?

After the Washington lawsuit was filed, a spokeswoman came out against the unnecessary provision of guest information to ICE.

“In September, Motel 6 issued a directive to every one of our more than 1,400 locations, making it clear that they are prohibited from voluntarily providing daily guests lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Motel 6 takes this matter very seriously, and we have and will continue to fully cooperate with the Office of the State Attorney General,” the email statement read.

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