ICE agent walks down the aisle among shackled Mexican immigrants a boarded charter jet for deportation. Photo: LM Otero/AP

Motel 6 released a statement yesterday about two Phoenix locations who had been "providing daily guest lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement," resulting in at least 20 arrests between February and August, per the Phoenix New Times.

  • Motel 6 said: "To help ensure that this does not occur again, we will be issuing a directive to every one of our more than 1,400 locations nationwide, making clear that they are prohibited from voluntarily providing daily guest lists to ICE."
  • ICE's Arizona Public Affairs Officer, Yasmeen Pitts O'Keefe, said: "The agency's immigration enforcement actions are targeted and lead driven...it's worth noting that hotels and motels, including those in the Phoenix area, have frequently been exploited by criminal organizations engaged in highly dangerous illegal enterprises."
  • The New Times reported an immigration attorney heard "ICE is paying $200 per person" that's reported. ICE says private citizens aren't compensated for tips.

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China says U.S. is "endangering peace" with high-level visit to Taiwan

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar during a June briefing in Washington, DC. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Tuesday night he will lead a delegation to Taiwan "in the coming days."

Why it matters: It's the highest-level visit by a U.S. cabinet official to Taiwan since 1979. Azar is also the first U.S. Cabinet member to visit the island state in six years. The visit has angered China, which views Taiwan as part of its territory. Chinese officials accused the U.S. Wednesday of "endangering peace" with the visit, AFP reports.

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At least 100 killed, 4,000 injured after massive explosion rocks Beirut

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A major explosion has slammed central Beirut, Lebanon, damaging buildings as far as several miles away and injuring scores of people.

Driving the news: At least 100 people have been killed and over 4,000 injured in the blast — and the death toll is likely to rise, the Lebanese Red Cross said, per AP. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the explosions occurred at a warehouse that had been storing 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate for the past six years.