Joe Arpaio Arrests Four Cleaning Ladies in 74th Immigration Raid
Four cleaning ladies, workers for Pro-Serv, captured in MCSO's Thursday night raid...
One week away from a major filing in the ACLU civil rights case Melendres v. Arpaio, the MCSO performed its 74th worksite immigration raid on the Phoenix commercial cleaning service Pro-Serv, arresting four female employees Thursday evening.
MCSO spokesman Chris Hegstrom issued the following statement in response to repeated requests from the media:
"Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio can confirm that search warrants were served on Pro-Serve [sic] Commercial Cleaning, a janitorial service company that employs hundreds of workers who provide cleaning services to over a hundred locations throughout the greater metro area.
"Arpaio says four female employees have been taken into custody for ID theft/forgery so far and the investigation is continuing. No further comment can be made at this time."
The four women were not identified in the release, but MCSO mugshots online show four women, dressed in identical yellow-green shirts, each booked on charges of identity theft and forgery, class four felonies that make them nonbondable under Arizona law, if they are presumed to be undocumented.
Pro-Serv's lawyer Julie Pace confirmed the four as Pro-Serv employees.
Pace said the MCSO's warrant was for personnel files on 120 persons. She also stated that deputies confiscated two company computers. As for the employees taken into custody, Pace said she believed they were arrested at two separate sites of Pro-Serv clients.
In a statement to the press, Pace denied that the company engages in unlawful employment practices.
"Pro-Serv is a Company that takes immigration compliance seriously," said Pace. "The Company has taken several steps to ensure immigration compliance and goes above and beyond the requirements of the law."
She added that, "The Company has been using E-Verify [to check prospective employees' work eligibility] since 2008."
Pro-immigration activist Lydia Guzman of the organization Respect/Respeto was one of the first to hear of the raid, which was conducted late Thursday night, apparently without the MCSO tipping off the press.