The state of Washington has filed suit against Motel 6, a nationwide low-budget hotel chain, for giving information to Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) about its hotel guests, which violates Washington common law, the state constitution, the Washington Law Against Discrimination, and the Washington Consumer Protection Act. Motel 6 allegedly provided guest lists to ICE so that they could target hotel guests with “Latino-sounding” names. Six different motel locations reportedly provided names, birth dates, and other personal information about over 9,000 guests to ICE agents over a two-year period. Private equity firm Blackstone Group LP purchased the hotel chain in 2012. Its management company, G6 Hospitality, states that it has ordered its more than 1,400 U.S. and Canadian locations to stop voluntarily providing their guest lists to ICE. G6 also has claimed its willingness to cooperate with the Washington Attorney General’s Office. However, the Attorney General’s Office claims that Motel 6’s tactics mirrored those taken in the state of Arizona, which resulted in the detention of 20 people, although Motel 6 claims that the incidents in Washington were indicative of only a local problem. The lawsuit seeks an injunction against Motel 6 prohibiting similar conduct, and civil fines of up to $2,000 per violation of state consumer protection and anti-discrimination laws. We know how difficult it can be to simply go about your daily life when you have no legal immigration status. We are here to answer your questions about deportation and related issues, as well help prevent your deportation or that of your family members to the greatest extent possible. The deportation defense lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. have handled countless deportation defense claims on behalf of individuals who have been detained and charged with removal. We know how devastating it can be for individuals to be detained and separated from their families. We care about you and your family, and we want to help you remain in the country. Call our office today to set up your legal consultation.