Joe Arpaio's Uncle Sam's Raids: Video by Dennis Gilman

Talking to one of the Uncle Sam's workers in a still from Gilman's video, which you can watch in full below

As promised in a previous blog post, here's videographer Dennis Gilman's take on Sheriff Joe Arpaio's anti-immigration worksite raids on two locations of the local Uncle Sam's restaurant chain.

The video includes interviews we did with two of the workers arrested by the MCSO. These were two of five men, against whom the Maricopa County Attorney's Office ultimately decided not to pursue charges.

Those five men were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which subsequently released them with pending immigration hearings.

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They are the lucky ones. Four Uncle Sam's workers remain in county jail charged with ID theft and forgery. They are being held nonbondable under the dictates of Prop 100.

Gilman's latest, documenting Arpaio's recent raid on the Uncle Sam's restaurant chain

Ironically, the five released by ICE likely will be able to score temporary work permits and driver's licenses as their cases wind through the immigration courts over the next couple of years.

Katherine Figueroa in the 2009 viral video that first began telling her story

Those not released may be in Arpaio's jails for months, if they fight the charges.

As Gilman makes clear, the Uncle Sam's raid was obvious retaliation for the case involving now 13 year-old Katherine Figueroa's parents. ICE recently decided to close that high-profile case, and that decision received significant publicity locally and from the New York Times.

Discerning viewers will note that Channel 12 used in its report Gilman's 2009 viral video of Katherine, during which she pleaded with President Obama to help her mom and dad.

Katherine had just watched her parents, both workers at a local car wash, on TV news as they were zip-tied and perp-walked by MCSO deputies during an immigration raid.

She later became the heroine of the award-winning documentary Two Americans. She also participated in pro-immigration marches and testified about her experiences before Congress.

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What's the latest on the 420 uninvestigated cases in El Mirage that Joe ignored while persecuting Hispanics?  Why are cases that involve suicides, homicides, and child sexual abuse put on hold to go after families like this?  Why is Joe ignoring public safety to continue to try to grab headlines?  Does anyone really think that failing to investigate crimes in El Mirage makes the rest of the county safer?  Does he really think that criminals involved in these acts get out maps before they commit crimes in other parts of the valley?  Joe doesn't need A monitor; he needs a DOZEN of them.  Is this professional law enforcement?


The interesting question is what impact will this have on whether Judge Snow decides to appoint a monitor in Melendres v. Arpaio.  Judge Snow has already indicated that he is very much inclined to do so.  If there was any questions left in Judge Snow's mind before this raid, I suspect that this raid probably makes appointing a monitor a fait accompli.

Gary Waterman
Gary Waterman

A little question for you NT. Would you agree it would be completely classless, tasteless and ignorant to have in the right hand margin of an article calling someone a racist, an ad for ""? Ya know, the Neo Nazis! In fact their ad says they are "The Neo-Nazi My Space, with hot racist chicks galore..."! Do you see where people might take issue with that? Im sure if I clicked on that ad I'd end up on some FBI watch list so I did not but if I had, I'm gonna go on a limb and guess it doesn't say very nice things about non anglo races. And the best part is, you guys make money running ads for them! Nice move NT!


To spin these arrests as some sort of revenge for a previous case outcome is nonsensical.  This is the 73rd search warrant of it's kind...If the first 72 weren't meted out of revenge, then it's hard to make the argument that the 73rd is.

Make honest arguments based on facts instead of slanting stories so haphazardly that even those who are in agreement with your philosophies aren't shaking their head in disbelief the the mental gymnastics needed to reach such whimsical conclusions.

On a side note, what Marcy said in the other thread was dead on.  You have a right to remain silent and request the assistance of an attorney prior to answering any questions.  It NEVER hurts you to exercise those rights.  It rarely helps you to waive those same rights.


I've always hated youtube videos where someone aims a camera at their TV set and records it...lazy and tacky. 

danzigsdaddy topcommenter

@yourproductsucks Joe is beyond petty things like revenge (he's done it in the past, but he is beyond merely being petty now) if it was about revenge for Joe, it would be revenge for the verdict Snow passed, not revenge for Katherine Figueroa's case so i gotta agree with you on it not being revenge............................against the Figueroa case,that or it could be 100% his usual attention


@danzigsdaddy It's always about the media attention....always.  And look at lemons and gilman doing exactly what arpaio wants.

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