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