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Motel 6 Will Settle a Suit Over Its Cooperation With ICE

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A Motel 6 in Cutler Bay, Florida.

Popular budget hospitality chain Motel 6 will pay damages of $10 million to former guests with Spanish-language surnames who were targeted in the company’s cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The immigrant rights group behind the lawsuit hopes the penalty will impress upon other companies in the United States the potential legal ramifications of essentially funneling clients—typically people of color—to ICE.

A Motel 6 spokesperson confirmed to Pacific Standard that, late last week, the company filed a revised version of an earlier settlement, in which the company agreed to pay $7.6 million in damages to guests interrogated or detained by ICE agents during their stay at Motel 6.

The $10 million settlement currently pending consideration in an Arizona federal court is one of several such instances where private enterprises have paid for cooperating with ICE. In April, Motel 6 settled a similar suit on behalf of Washington plaintiffs brought by the state’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson for $12 million.

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