Motel 6 Admits Staffers Left The Light On For ICE

The Huffington Post reports:

Employees at Motel 6 locations in Phoenix have ceased working with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents in light of a new report that revealed motel staffers were reporting guests who appear to be undocumented immigrants, according to a spokeswoman for the motel chain.

Raiza Rehkoff, the director of public relations and marketing for the motel chain’s parent company, G6 Hospitality, told HuffPost that staff members were working with ICE without the approval of senior management, but it ended last week when management found out.

ICE agents have arrested at least 20 people who were staying at two Motel 6 locations in Phoenix, according to an investigative report published Wednesday by the Phoenix New Times. Employees at both motels told the weekly newspaper that they were sharing customers’ personal information with ICE on a regular basis.

“We send a report every morning to ICE — all the names of everybody that comes in,” an unidentified front-desk clerk explained to the New Times. “Every morning at about 5 o’clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE.”

From the Phoenix New Times report:

Yasmeen Pitts O’Keefe, a spokesperson for ICE’s Phoenix division, declined to comment on whether the agency is in the habit of reviewing hotel guest lists, or investigating tips sent in by Motel 6 employees. “I wouldn’t be able to confirm how we are getting our information. Those are investigative techniques that we wouldn’t be able to talk about,” she said.

“If hypothetically we were somewhere — if we did administratively arrest some folks — that happens all the time. We conduct targeted enforcement operations every day.”

Naturally, rumors run rampant. Denise Aguilar, a Chandler-based immigration attorney, said that one of her clients is currently being held in ICE custody alongside several others who were detained at the same Motel 6. “They have heard (no telling how valid the info is) that ICE is paying $200 per person for the front-desk clerk to report,” she wrote in an email.

Both Motel 6 locations are corporate-owned.

  • Stogiebear

    People stay in Motel 6 overnight? Asking for a friend.

    • Gustav2

      Yes, and the overnighters were killing the Motel 6’s turnover rate,.

      • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

        “Rooms by the hour or the act.”

    • Frostbite

      Only those who want to be deported.

    • robindaybird

      unfortunately if you’re traveling with pets, it’s one of the few motels/hotels that you know will allow them no matter where you go without charging an arm or a leg

  • DaddyRay

    They leave the lights on so you don’t have to watch the roaches scurry if you turn the light on yourself

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Which means that people with Hispanic sounding and / or common names are likely being harassed by ICE. Imagine being a US citizen named Juan Valdez. You would pretty much have to carry identity papers at all times. This doesn’t seem any different than Joe Arpaio having his deputies stop anyone who looked brown because they ‘might be’ here illegally – except this time you have a corporation violating customer privacy to assist.

    Let’s not forget what other country required (some) of its citizens to carry identity papers and promoted mass deportation.

    • Christopher

      “Imagine being a US citizen named Juan Valdez.”

      Ok.

      I’m now Juan Valdez.

      Why do people keep asking me for coffee?

      • Tawreos

        You’d prefer they ask you why you are always hanging out with the donkey?

        • Christopher

          That’s no donkey, that’s my sister!

      • FAEN

        Mmm coffee.

      • TheManicMechanic

        Hey Juan, nice ass!

        • Christopher

          There it is!

          I’ve been waiting all morning for someone to say that!

    • juanjo54

      It is not uncommon for Hispanics in the US to carry some sort of documentation showing they are citizens. Far more common than for other US ethnic groups. I carry a US Passport card with me at all times.

    • Nowhereman

      I’m in about 4 minorities that these creeps harass. I wonder if I’ll have to sew patches on my clothes for all four, or if they’ll just pick the most hated one and let me wear that one?

    • Willys41

      If I were a US citizen with a non-white bread name I’d get myself a passport card and carry it everywhere.

  • Joe in PA

    administratively arrest some folks….

    Oh, okay then.

    • Dagoril

      As opposed to “actually arrest” them? I prefer the non-Mirror Universe, where everyone didn’t have a goatee.

  • Tawreos

    Is ICE becoming America’s answer to the Gestapo?

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      Yes.

      AND they are trying to hide records of their activities.

      “US migration services ‘destroying files about immigrant sexual assault and deaths in custody’”

      http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/30/ice-is-destroying-files-about-immigrant-sexual-assault-and-deaths-in-custody-6888655/

      • Tawreos

        This type of thing makes me wonder if I am paranoid or not worried enough about about what our government agencies are doing.

      • jmax

        I’ve been reading stories about ICE agents wearing local police uniforms and essentially lying about why they are arresting people.

      • billbear1961

        Why is NO ONE doing ANYTHING to STOP THIS?!

        Where are the fucking Democrats to RAISE HELL?!

        • Nunya D. Bidness

          Are YOU doing ANYTHING to STOP THIS? I mean BESIDES posting a COMMENT on a message BOARD?

          • Willys41

            I’m not a lawyer and I work for a living, so I give money to the people with the time and expertise to actually stand up for all our rights: https://action.aclu.org/donate-aclu?ms=web_menu_gift

          • Nunya D. Bidness

            Commendable

          • Nixon is Lord

            But he’s using CAPS!!!
            Isn’t THAT enough for YOU???

      • zhera

        The scary thing is that for ICE to so quickly turn into Gestapo after tRump’s inauguration, they must have already been staffed with Gestapo-wannabe’s.

        Were they just waiting for their chance? Have they been doing things like this on the down-low without it coming out, during the Obama administration?

        I want to know how this developed.

        • pch1013

          ICE stormtroopers are jubilant at Trump’s selection, because it has made their jobs “fun” again. http://splinternews.com/federal-immigration-cops-are-finally-having-fun-again-u-1793858843

        • ETownCanuck

          Have you met many law enforcement officers lately? Most of them ARE Gestapo-wannabe’s, it’s pretty much a prerequisite of the job now. Why else would so many African Americans get gunned down for the egregious sin of a burnt out taillight.

          • Willys41

            I agree there’s a problem, but you exaggerate. Most cops are not Nazis. And to a great degree the police are exactly what we the general public train them to be.

          • ETownCanuck

            It is an exaggeration, but it’s frightening how often it seems to be the case. Law Enforcement does seem to draw a certain type of individual though. Back when I was a young’un the local Community College had a Criminal Justice course and when you were out and about town in places where other young people gathered, you could always spot those students from a mile away. They were a bunch of dicks, walked around all puffed up like they were on steroids and they were always, ALWAYS spoiling for a fight. I don’t know if that’s something they were like beforehand or if it was just one of the first lessons they were taught about becoming cops.

          • prixator

            About 35 years ago, while in college, I shared a house for a year with a police cadet. I’ve tried to avoid any interactions with cops since then (if you know what I mean!).

          • pch1013

            A September 2016 poll of police officers found that an overwhelming majority were planning to vote for Trump.

        • Nowhereman

          I’ve heard that a lot of our police and military are infested with nazi wannabees. ICE is the worst right now.

    • FAEN

      Becoming? They are and have been since Cheeto took office.

      • Willys41

        Frankly, we could easily trace a path right back to 9/11 and the Bush regime’s determination to “make America safe” by further empowering law enforcement by removing the legal firewall between FBI and CIA and handing FBI the power to issue “National Security Letters” and creating the FISA court.

    • Ninja0980

      Yes.

    • CJAS

      Nah, just the America’s new slave patrol.

  • doninkansas

    I hope anyone who did this is fired. But will probably get promoted.

    • Tawreos

      They’ll get fired for not giving management a cut of the $200 a head.

    • M Doyle

      I already contacted the corporate office this morning and was told that when they became aware of the local policy in Phoenix, they discontinued it. That’s it. Not even a slap on the wrist for the offenders.

      • Rambie

        Corporate is going to work with ICE on how they’ll get the $200 bounty instead of the desk clerks.

  • ZhyKitty

    This is not all they are guilty of.
    Every escort in town knows to stay the hell away from motel 6.
    They call the police if they think you’re working.
    I personally had two bad experiences along those lines.
    Fuck motel 6!

    • Todd20036

      They sure as hell know how to sabotage their own bottom line

      • Steven B

        What do they care if they’ve already got their money?

        • Todd20036

          That’s just it. A lot of people who might have used their facilities will no longer do so.

          • Steven B

            How much repeat business from illegal immigrants do you suppose Motel 6 gets? They don’t care if these people come back or not. There’s more where those came from. And it isn’t as if those arrested can go on Yelp and report that Motel 6 turned them over to ICE.
            Like I said, Motel 6 has their money. They’re not concerned about these people because it won’t affect the bottom line.

      • ZhyKitty

        If they cared about that they wouldn’t do what they do.
        They’ll take your money at an hourly rate and then call the cops.
        They don’t want escort money, obviously. They are notorious here for taking your money and then calling the cops.

        • ColdCountry

          Nice! I worked the night desk in a hotel for a while, and the big concern of management was that I routinely check the two emergency doors on either end of the building. They opened out of the stair wells and it was, I am told, a practice in some places for drug dealers to rent a room by the stairs, then prop the door open with a small rock so the clients could get in. The working women and their clients were not looking to draw attention to themselves, but the druggies were unreliable. And bad for business.

  • Silver Badger

    In Denver, Motel 6 routinely turns information over to the police so they can harvest those with outstanding warrants. The ICE thing is an extension of an old practice.

    • ColdCountry

      That is appalling! OK, if there is a big manhunt for a serial killer or something, I can see asking, “Have you seen this person?”, but this? Absolutely despicable.

    • Nowhereman

      Wow. I don’t know if this is nationwide, but I’d sure avoid Motel 6 if I traveled. I wonder how many other chains do this.

  • Joe in PA

    I have a friend who’s married name is Gonzales. She kept the name after the divorce just to fuck with people. She is a blond/blue-eyed pharmaceutical heiress so she doesn’t have much to worry about.

    • Tomcat

      Still better carry a birth certificate or who knows.

    • OdieDenCO

      the Rothschilds (circa 1940) would like a word

      • Joe in PA

        It is kinda like that…her grandfather or great grandfather was an ambassador to somewhere or other…we use the embassy’s wine glasses sometimes. Surreal.

    • jmax

      My mother was Panamanian and all us kids inherited her skin tone rather than my whiter-than-white father’s. I’ve been called everything from a Mexican to half-black, been asked if I was Jewish and yelled at in a small town in the 80s by someone who thought I was Iranian. I find it hilarious.

      • Joe in PA

        People are jerks. 🙁 I’m glad you can find the humor.

        • jmax

          I don’t mind when people are sincerely curious about my ethnicity. I see it as a learning experience for both of us.
          The rednecks on the porch who yelled, “Go home, ya damn Iranians!” to my brother and I got a visit from my uncle, who was a deputy sheriff in town. I certainly found humor in that. 🙂

      • William

        If anyone asks, tell them you’re Azeri. Most people won’t have a clue.AAzerbaijan used to be part of Persia.

  • Todd20036

    Haven’t stayed at a motel 6 since I was a kid. No plans to ever do so

    • John Ruff

      And luckily, I’m not that poor. Roach motels can be fun when your a young adult, but a nightmare for us middle aged folks.

      • Silver Badger

        It’s not the roaches that worry me, it’s the bed bugs. Ugh.

        • jerry

          Sadly, the bed bugs don’t discriminate on hotel price. It’s actually more likely with higher priced hotels. I’m paranoid enough that I always check out the bedding at any hotel before I unpack.

    • Rambie

      Yeah, summer vacations when in college we’d stay at Motel 6 –or sometimes places even more scary.

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        You were at my house ?

        • Rambie

          I wish, was so in the closet until after college. (Red state boy here)

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            Same

  • skyweaver

    People are unhappy on the Motel 6 Facebook page. Head on over if you want to share your outrage.
    https://www.facebook.com/motel6/

    • Adam King

      I don’t patronize either company.

      • Tempus Fuggit

        Using Fecebook to bitch about any other company’s privacy violation. Wow, that’s awholenother level of irony.

  • Michael White

    Had a long discussion at work yesterday about all the information collected by all of our apps, internet site history, credit reports and other ways government gathers information on all of us. My coworker, an immigrant now citizen from Peru, sees no problem with it because of our legal system. She called me anti technology because of my position on this. I pointed out that in the Gays could safely register in Germany before Hitler and as soon has the goons took over they used these lists to round people up and. . . I pointed out this is exactly what is happening with DACA. These young people (the best and brightest) gave there info and now the goons have taken over and we have history repeating itself. It IS happening here.

    • Uncle Mark

      I had a friend of mine a few years back, who expressed apprehension about ever registering anywhere as gay…as he was always afraid of a similar fate…should religious nutjobs or someone looking to exploit divisions & bigotries within this nation should take over the gov’t.

      • jmax

        The only place I am “registered” as gay is with my doctor, since I feel it’s important he knows and I trust him. I’m not really out at work even though I’m employed at a university, a fairly liberal pocket in an otherwise red area, simply because I don’t trust my state (Kansas) to not use that information against me.

        • Hank

          With what the so-called Voting Commission, aka: Voting Suppression Committee, wants, especially run by Kobach, you are VERY wise to not be “registered” with your sexuality!!!

      • ETownCanuck

        That is the very reason I was apprehensive to get married. It was less so because I am in Canada and not the U.S., but I can’t lie…the thought still crossed my mind several times (and occasionally still does) that if shit were ever to go south, having my name on a marriage registry would be an awfully handy tool for someone to exploit.

      • Willys41

        Are you talking about Trump or Pence? I guess both.

    • netxtown

      I actively give MIS-information to keep the data pigs at bay, or at least wondering. Email address? Sure! and I give them some snatched out of the air addy. Phone number? Sure! another made up number.

      But!!! The one that ALWAYS gets under my skin – and generally provokes an argument – is when some dentist, or vet or whatever asks for my SS number. Ask me for it – and you’re NOT the SS office – and you got a fight on your hands. Yes – I WILL give a fake SS number.

      • ColdCountry

        My cable company wanted my SS. They did not get it, or my business.

      • robindaybird

        Ugh, thanks to people like you, I keep getting shit for some fucking asshole in North Carolina that shares my name.

        • netxtown

          People like me are just a symptom. We’re not the cause.

    • Nychta

      Someone told me that the U.S. used census data during WWII to identify people of Japanese descent so they could be rounded up and sent to the camps. Found this year 2000 NY Times article.about it.

      The article’s euphemistic use of the word “relocate” bugged me, but it’s an interesting and chilling article nonetheless.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2000/03/17/us/report-says-census-bureau-helped-relocate-japanese.html

      • Nowhereman

        I live on an island in Alaska, about 5 miles from the site of a WWII internment camp. It’s now a recreation area but I still find it unsettling.

      • Willys41

        “The internment of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II was the forced relocation and incarceration in camps in the western interior of the country of between 110,000 and 120,000[5] people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom lived on the Pacific coast. 62 percent of the internees were United States citizens.”

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internment_of_Japanese_Americans

  • John Ruff

    Public Relations Nightmare (should be the headline). Good! The ethics violations alone are astounding!!! But, that’s AZ for you.

  • OdieDenCO

    wondering, donny and co was talking about buying into hotel chains during the campaign, how much stock, direct or indirectly does donny and co own in motel 6?

  • Leo

    ICE aside, Motel 6 is ALWAYS my last resort. Way too many horror stories from friends to count. I’ll sleep in my car, thanks.

  • Silver Badger

    Motel 6 caters to the poor and the desperate. Their customer base is growing under the current misadministration,

  • TexasBoy

    Wow, apparently our government goon squad doesn’t know our own history. I have an older widower friend of Mexican descent. His wife was fully bilingual. He has a darker skin tone, he was born and raised here in Texas. When he was growing up, schools were segregated. The schools for Spanish speakers didn’t teach them English, He held a good construction job (he’s now retired) for a major company that does road work, bridges and such. English was not a requirement, everyone he worked with was pretty much bilingual. He speaks very poor English. Imagine what these goons would do with him.

  • WitlessProtection

    I actually worked for Motel 6 as a General Manager, and this does not surprise me. The location I managed was in a pretty rough area and we used off duty police as our security, and every night we would run a guest report with names and addresses for them to run and look for outstanding warrants.

    • zhera

      Were you comfortable with that? Did you do it because it seemed like a good thing to do, or because it was already an established routine and you didn’t want to rock the boat?

      • WitlessProtection

        When I took over as the GM, I was uncomfortable with the policy. The officer informed me that there was a city ordinance that required me to provide him, as a police officer, with the list. I told him that I would need to look into that and I would get back with him. Sure enough, there is a local ordinance that requires hotels in Marion County to provide police officers with that list. I did ask the city attorney if that also meant off-duty officers. I was informed that it did. So I provided him with the list every evening when he or one of the other officers was on-duty. Most of the customers at that location were doing drugs or turning tricks, but to check into a Motel 6, one must provide a government issued ID card, so at least we are getting correct names. The officers actually very rarely had to arrest anyone as I think people knew what would happen.

        It was not a bad gig and I was 29 years old without any type of degree at the time, and Motel 6 required that their managers live on property so they provided an apartment, cable, phone, electric. All I had to pay for was my food and car payment. But it got to be too much as I was the only white person that worked there. They tried to get me for sexual harassment, then when that didn’t work, it was racism. I left voluntarily after that.

  • netxtown

    I propose they change their name to protect their image and reputation: Motel 6″

  • DaddyRay

    So they should change their name to Motel Snitch

    • ZhyKitty

      Yes, they should.

    • OdieDenCO

      they’ll set the ICE on you

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      … or Motel Snatch.

      • bambinoitaliano

        Get your coochie ice at Snitch n Snatch Inn.

        • Steven Jaeger

          or rather Snatch n scratch Inn…

    • buckguy

      Motel 6 started out as a very conservative family-oriented operation. Over time, many of their properties lapsed into being fairly sleazy–I suspect that this is a confluence of the conservative heritage and the need to ditch the consequences of drawing a distinctly non-family trade in many places.

      • William

        Yes, sometimes people stay at motels because they need a bed and a ocking door, for a hookup. Or so I’ve heard.

        • Nixon is Lord

          I’m shocked; next thing you’ll be telling me is that they sometimes don’t even keep in touch afterwards!

      • Talisman

        I stayed at a motel 6 when I went to Nashville for a job interview. It was the most affordable in the area. It was clean and quiet at first, but then a prostitute set up shop next door.

        When I took my dog for a walk (not a metaphor) the next morning, she propositioned me. It was quite awkward.

        • Willys41

          Awkward? Tell her you’re gay and compliment her wardrobe, or tell her you just screwed three strippers and the ole johnson needs a break.

        • Nixon is Lord

          For you or your dog?

    • Snarkaholic

      Or Motel 666.

      • JohnJay

        Nah. Jared’s working on that one in midtown Manhattan.

      • LeeCMH

        OT slightly:

        Ronald Wilson Reagan

        Count the letters in each name, first, middle, and last.

        Ronald Wilson Reagan
        6 6 6

        • Nunya D. Bidness

          …….and?

      • JCF

        The ICE-y snowball in hell.

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Their slogan could be the old, “Where you check in, but you don’t check out….”

      • Willys41

        Sounds like Hotel California, or Hotel Transylvania lol.

      • JCF

        If you’re brown.

    • Nowhereman

      With free ICE in every room!

  • TexasBoy

    I do believe that upper management may not have known what was going on. Motel 6 has gone through a lot of changes. They are no longer owned by Accord, they were sold to Blackstone 5 years ago (the parent company of Hilton), who created the G6 management group to oversee the chain. This kind of stuff was probably going on long before then in AZ and other locations. I’ll bet there is are major staffing changes coming from what may remain from Accord on down to front desk level.

  • MusicBear88

    I’ve heard of a very similar thing happening on the Canadian border. A friend works for a hotel with a lake that straddles the border, and when people jump in and start swimming for the border with all due speed, they pick up the phone and call Canadian immigration. But up here the reward is only $50 a head, and if that’s in $CDN then it’s really only about $41.

    • William

      Cheap northern bastards!

  • TimCA

    I’m a US citizen. I don’t want the motels that I patronize to be reporting my whereabouts to the government. I don’t care for what purpose. What an outrageous invasion of trust and privacy!

    • CharlestonDave

      What do you have to hide, citizen? /s

      • Nowhereman

        Soon we will be calling each other “comrade”.

      • colly

        Hide our privacy for instance….. Maybe you don’t like yours… Oh wait.

    • ColdCountry

      My credit card reports my whereabouts and activity. I use it for everything. But no, I don’t want businesses “reporting” on me. What kind of country are we becoming? /rhetorical question

      • robindaybird

        there’s a difference between the two – there has to be a subpoena to get cc’d information, this is Motel 6 going to the cops directly and asking for their bounty

  • shellback

    What do you expect when you select a FUCKING NAZI as an alleged president?

  • billbear1961

    PISS on Motel 6!

    The Resistance should keep a record of EVERYONE who cooperates, even passively, with this goddamned regime of CROOKS, pathological LIARS and racist THUGS, to whom civil and human rights mean NOTHING!

    A concentration camp commandant–whose guards laughed when prisoners they beat DIED–has been PARDONED by the RACIST-in-chief, who thinks HE is the LAW and not the Constitution, who demands loyalty to HIM and not to the Rule of LAW!!

    ICE is behaving like GESTAPO–it is only a question of DEGREE. And the more they and other “law-enforcement” get away with, the WORSE they WILL get!!

    Stand up to them NOW before doing so may cost you your LIFE!!

  • Mike

    Motel 6. They’re hiding in the attic!

    Truth in advertising.

  • Tom G

    Were the employees fired?

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Christ, that’s grotesque. When I was in grade school in the States, they taught us we were better than the Soviets precisely because we didn’t do this.

  • bkmn

    ICE is an out of control agency

  • Kelly Lape

    I guess “Motel/No-Tell” is no longer the operating standard.

  • Darrel Cj

    Sounds like Motel 6 is vulnerable to a lawsuit.

  • seant426

    I thought you went to Motel Shit to get your fuck on and bed bug bites…

  • ColdCountry

    They compiled the info and pushed a button to send it to ICE. But management didn’t know. So who put that little program into the computer?

  • Orly

    I may (probably) be wrong, but I thought after 911 that all hotels/motels were required to turn over guest lists to Homeland Security.

    Maybe I’m “mis-remembering”.

    • colly

      I think it’s doesn’t apply to such a wide range of people…..

  • Ninja0980

    If there was any justice, this crap would cause everyone to not stay at a motel 6 and they’d go out of business.

  • So who’s reporting the undocumented staffers to “citizen” staffers? This story makes no sense in an industry that relies on inexpensive undocumented labor to enhance their “riches”.

    • LeeCMH

      That’s true. How many maids and grounds maintenance employees of Motel 6 are in fact undocumented.

  • LeeCMH

    Wow, I stayed in a Motel 6 a couple weeks ago. I will never stay in a Motel 6 ever, ever again. (period). Luckily I can afford nicer places to stay anyway.

    Interestingly, the deadbolt lock did not work. All I had was the change latch. Now I am wondering why? A maintenance issue, or perhaps was deliberately malfunctioning to make it easier for cops to break-in. Interestingly, this situation also made it easier for criminals to break-in as well.

    There are too many hotel choices to stay at one that reports your stay to the cops, as Motel 6 seems to do routinely.

  • The_Wretched

    Along the road to Gilead, we stopped at a Motel 6.

  • A. J. Aguilera

    While this is an AZ story, what’s to say any other hotel/motel chain employee mean enough or who has a grudge against Hispanics, learns that they can get paid for getting rid of them, reports me to ICE. So if I happen to register at a Motel 666 I could be arrested by ICE – even though I happen to be a native born New Yorker.

  • Mike

    They give a bad name to mold and mildew.

    • Tempus Fuggit

      …and dogshit. And ebola.

  • JWC

    OH bad form Bad Form

    • Steven Jaeger

      They’re really NOT top drawer.

  • M Jackson

    I can’t believe that in my 20s traveling across the south I saved any buck I could and actually lay my head down on their pillows. eeeew.

  • coram nobis

    They may be corporate-owned, as you say, but that doesn’t mean that employees —
    desk clerks or whoever — won’t, on their own, either play vigilante with ICE or supplement their income as paid informants.

    Which, in a way, is one of the implications of a bad Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling. The corporation may be neutral or sympathetic, but you’re still at the mercy of any clerk who decides to act as gatekeeper.

  • Nowhereman

    Wow. Jack-booted thugs anybody? ICE seems to be our version of storm troopers.

    • LeeCMH

      Or the SS.

  • Willys41

    I remember reading years ago that people “detained” by immigration were held incommunicado and neither family nor lawyers could even find out where the “detainees” were being held.

    • Pip

      The same type of article was just released about a month ago about the current ICE practices. They are not treated with any rights “since they aren’t US citizens, they don’t have to be” kind of stuff covered in the article.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Of course ICE is paying them off; this is the age of Trump, where graft and bribes are the norm. ICE agents, like most cops in the U.S. are scummy thugs who are all about destroying lives. Sigh, another reason not enter the U.S. Again, I can’t be kind about this, sorry.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Yeah, like I wasn’t going to go there….

    https://twitter.com/sirlthr69/status/908386816348356608

    • Steven Jaeger

      Round up the usual suspects

  • Richard

    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not
    speak out–Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not
    speak out– Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.

    – Martin Niemoller

    American gestapo

  • Gianni

    Can we say “Police State”?

  • JCF

    I’ve never forgotten, driving across country (in the early 2000s), stopping for the night, in a small town in Wyoming (where many people stop for the night—right along I-80). Motel after motel had the words “All-American” on their signs: meaning “All White People Here” (perhaps mainly because so many South Asian people had got into the motel biz).*

    I think these kind of racist attitudes may be pervasive in this industry (esp in Red States).

    * Needless to say, I stayed in a motel w/o such a sign. And seemed to be run by South Asians.