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Care2 Petition Calls for Boycott of Motel 6 for Calling ICE on Immigrants

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have arrested 20 people at two Motel 6s in Phoenix, leading many to believe the motel is tipping off the feds

PHOENIX, AZ. September 19, 2017 — After a Phoenix New Times reviewed court records revealing 20 people have been arrested by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at two Motel 6s in Phoenix, a Care2 petition is calling on customers to boycott and demanding Motel 6 stop the practice. The petition has gathered over 6,000 signatures.


Between February and August, ICE have made 20 arrests at the Motel 6s, showing up about every two weeks. Attorneys suspect the motel is tipping off federal agents.

“Motel 6 should respect the privacy of their guests and we need to all commit to withhold our business from them until they do so,” reads the petition. “Apparently, they literally send a list of guest names every single morning to ICE. This country runs on immigrants, undocumented and documented alike, and creating a culture of fear does not benefit the country.”

The Phoenix New Times tells the story of Manuel Rodriguez-Juarez, a 33-year-old landscaper, who decided to check into a Motel 6 after getting into an argument with his live-in girlfriend. When the desk clerk said he needed ID to rent a room, he handed over the only thing he had - a Mexican voter ID card.

Six hours later, three ICE agents knocked on his door and detained him.

“Motel 6 also does not tell guests that their names may be shared with ICE. This is akin to entrapment and it's unacceptable,” the Care2 petition reads. “Legally, hotels do not have to provide this information to law enforcement. The two locations doing this are corporately owned, meaning that the Motel 6 executives were allowing this practice.”

Care2 ( is the world’s largest social network for good, with over 40 million standing together, starting petitions and sharing stories that inspire action. People, nonprofits and mission-based brands are making world-changing impact with Care2, helping individuals, animals and the environment. A pioneer of online advocacy since 1998, Care2 is a B Corporation, or social enterprise, using the power of business as a force for good.

Jordan Wilhelmi

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