ICE agents who visited one of the locations in south Everett, Washington, obtained a list of guests staying in the hotel from the front desk. After ICE agents had the list, they circled names that sounded Latino. As a result of the operation, six individuals were detained by ICE, according to the statement.
This particular location in Washington gave out personal information 228 times in a period of 225 days, according to the lawsuit.
Ferguson’s office said that it would ask the court to order Motel 6 to pay up to $2,000 for each customer’s information that it handed over to ICE agents – or at least $18.2 million, plus fees and court costs.
“Washingtonians have a right to privacy, and protection from discrimination,” Ferguson said in the statement. “I will hold Motel 6 accountable and uncover the whole story of their disturbing conduct.”