Washington State Sues Motel 6 For Giving ICE Info without a Warrant

The state claims Motel 6 trained employees to give out guest registry information.

While I don’t agree with sanctuary cities, Washington state’s objection to Motel 6 giving up guest registry info to ICE does makes sense to me.

However, what I don’t understand is why the state has standing to demand money from Motel 6. The citizens whose information was given up should be the ones to receive compensation. Motel 6 violated their rights, not Washington’s “rights.”

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The Seattle Times reports, “Washington state AG sues Motel 6 over giving ICE info on 9,000 guests.

Washington’s attorney general sued Motel 6 on Wednesday, alleging the national budget chain disclosed the private information of thousands of its guests to U.S. immigration authorities in violation of the state consumer-protection law.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson said motel employees divulged the names, birth dates, driver’s license numbers, license-plate numbers and room numbers of at least 9,150 guests to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents without a warrant. At least six people were detained on or near motel property during a two-year period.

Motel 6 was aware that the agents used the guest-registry information to single out guests based on their national origin in violation of Washington state’s anti-discrimination law, the state’s lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court alleged.

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The state’s lawsuit seeks civil penalties of up to $2,000 per violation.

Read the entire Seattle Times story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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