The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Hit and Run Reason
Can a state government punish a private business for voluntarily cooperating or assisting federal officials in enforcing federal immigration laws?
We may find out in both Washington State and California, as the conflict between the states and the feds over immigration enforcement heats up.
In Washington, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Motel 6. The budget national hotel chain got some media attention last fall after employees told the Phoenix New Times in Arizona it was quietly sending the names of its customers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials so they could possibly track down people staying there who were in the country illegally.