Thursday, August 29, 2013

Latinos Slam ICE Immigration Raid on Arizona Car Wash Company, Compare It to Arpaio's

The Huffington Post
August 20, 2013

Latino groups are condemning ICE’s Saturday raid targeting an Arizona car wash chain for hiring undocumented immigrants, likening the operation to raids conducted by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

A 78-count indictment unsealed Monday morning charges 14 of the company’s managers and supervisors with knowlingly hiring undocumented workers, identity theft, immigration document fraud and false statements. ICE officials say they took aim at the Danny’s Family Car Wash management for criminal acts, rather than the company’s undocumented workers.

But many immigrant rights groups don’t think the distinction makes the federal operation much different from Arpaio’s.

“In Arizona, it’s hard to tell the difference between Arpaio and Obama,” Carlos Garcia, an organizer with the immigrant advocacy group Puente, said in a statement. [...]

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