Friday, October 19, 2012
68th anti-immigrant workplace raid in Maricopa County
Deputies converged on the Sonoran Concrete Company just south of where 67th, Northern and Grand avenues intersect at 4:30 a.m. They wrapped up by 8 a.m.
Investigations believe more than 20 employees used fake or stolen IDs to get hired, according to Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jeff Sprong.
Although video from the scene showed investigators talking to several people, it's not yet known how many were taken into custody.
Sonoran Concrete Company employs about 75 people, Sprong said.
"Illegal immigration continues to be a serious problem here in Arizona and the United States, especially those here illegally stealing people's identity," Sheriff Joe Arpaio said after his last ID theft raid nearly a month ago. "These individuals indirectly open up employee opportunities for businesses and help increase employment for those in the country legally."
Thursday morning's operation was the 68th of its kind.
Not including this latest raid, a total of 647 suspects have been arrested during the operations, 460 of which were apprehended for identity theft. All of the suspects arrested for identity theft were eventually found to have been in the country illegally.
Details about Thursday morning's operation will be updated as they become available.