Recent Border Patrol data suggest that the traffic flow of illegal alien across our Southern border may be starting to shift away from Arizona and towards Texas. Maricopa County’s Sheriff may be a big reason illegal aliens are increasingly avoiding the Grand Canyon State.
Last week Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his deputies smashed a big human smuggling ring that brought thousands of illegal aliens in and through Arizona over the past 4 years – but won’t anymore. Arpaio leads the 3rd largest Sheriff’s Department in the United States, and – in stark contrast to the Sheriffs in the other top 10 departments – Sheriff Joe is relentless in his enforcement of laws on the books against illegal aliens.
Yesterday was no exception, as Arpaio’s deputies conducted a simultaneous Workplace ID Theft Operation at three locations of the restaurant chain America’s Taco Shop. A total of 11 arrests were made, including four individuals who are being booked on felony charges related to identity theft and forgery into the 4th Ave Jail.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Criminal Employment Squad had been investigating America’s Taco Shop for more than a year, identifying 16 individuals as using false or stolen identities and social security numbers.
This was the sheriff’s 72nd workplace identity theft operation. In the previous such operations, 100% of all suspects found to be committing identity theft to gain employment were illegal aliens. Sheriff Joe’s office has investigated, arrested on the streets and in the jails over 79,000 illegal aliens.
“Illegal aliens are stealing identities of U.S. citizens to gain employment which escalates our unemployment problems. I don’t believe we should tolerate this. Furthermore, I will continue to enforce all federal and state illegal immigration laws in the business sector through human smuggling and crime suppression operations, despite activists and the federal government who may not like it,” said the Sheriff.
There is not yet indication whether some of the illegal aliens were using the social security numbers of dead persons, as has happened many times in the past, including ones of murder victims.
Arpaio said that one of the benefits of these employer sanctions/identity theft operations is that they open up job opportunities for legal citizens.
Way to go, Joe!