Democrats who’ve managed to remain in power during the Trump era are trying their best to undercut the president’s agenda. Shielding illegal immigrants from deportation is one of their favorite ways to be defiant. Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against Motel 6 Wednesday accusing the hotel chain of being too cooperative with federal immigration officers.
Ferguson should be committed to protecting the people of Washington. Instead, he’s behaving like an ideologue and wasting resources in the process. In order to attack Motel 6, he manipulated a state consumer protection law to suit his purposes. Hotel guests, he argued, had their rights violated when Motel 6 employees gave their personal information to immigration officers.
According to the Attorney General, the employees “divulged the names, birthdates, 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.”
Motel 6 should be celebrated for aiding federal officers, not castigated. Employees weren’t barging into private residences demanding to know people’s immigration status, they were merely passing on information that had been voluntarily provided.
However, the public outrage when the story first broke was so intense that Motel 6 executives quickly tried to distance themselves from immigration concerns.
“In September, Motel 6 issued a directive to every one of our more than 1,400 locations, making it clear that they are prohibited from voluntarily providing daily guests lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),” the company wrote in an email.
“Motel 6 takes this matter very seriously, and we have and will continue to fully cooperate with the Office of the State Attorney General.”
President Trump’s time in the White House has been marked by his commitment to reforming the nation’s immigration policy. Ferguson may win his lawsuit, but the tide of the war has clearly changed. Pro-illegal immigration activists lost their biggest ally when Barack Obama left office.
“For those that continue to seek improper and illegal entry into this country, be forewarned… This is a new era. This is the Trump era,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said before a rapt audience last year.
“The lawlessness, the abdication of the duty to enforce our immigration laws, and the catch and release practices of old are over.”
Sessions takes his role very seriously. Illegal immigration is perhaps one of the biggest threats facing the country. The previous administration dropped the ball; Obama encouraged more illegals to fight for their “right” to remain in the U.S.
If all hotel chains would behave as Motel 6 did, the country would be better off. Illegal immigrants shouldn’t be out of the law’s reach simply because they bought a hotel room.
“We inherited from our Founders—and have advanced—an unsurpassed legal heritage, which is the foundation of our freedom, safety, and prosperity. As the Attorney General, it is my duty to ensure that the laws of the United States are enforced and that the Constitutional order is upheld,” Sessions said in a rousing speech.
“No greater good can be done for the overall health and well-being of our Republic than preserving and strengthening the impartial rule of law. Societies, where the rule of law is treasured, are societies that tend to flourish and succeed. Therefore, the nation must set and enforce a limit on how many immigrants we admit each year and that means all cannot be accepted.”
Immigration reform is happening whether liberals want it to or not. Undocumented migrants need to be deported.
“This does not mean they are bad people or that our nation disrespects or demeans them in any way. It means we are properly enforcing our laws as Congress has passed them,” Sessions said.