3 America's Taco Shops Raided by MCSO Deputies; 11 Arrested

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Timur Guseynov
America's Taco Shop in Tempe was one of the three restaurants raided by the MCSO.
Thursday, the Valley-based restaurant chain calling itself "the home of the best carne asada" became the latest target of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

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The Republic reports that three locations of America's Taco Shop, the counter-service Mexican eatery founded in 2008 by America Corrales and husband Terry Bortin, were raided by Maricopa County sheriff's deputies, who arrested 11 workers on suspicion of using false identities to get jobs.

Deputies targeted two America's Taco Shop locations in Phoenix (one at the original Seventh Street location north of McDowell) and one in Tempe, the Republic reports, with four of the 11 people arrested facing felony charges related to identity theft and the remaining seven turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Phoenix for border violation issues.

America's Taco Shop has six locations in the Valley, was named one of 50 "Breakout Brands" for 2013 by Nation's Restaurant News, and has recently started to expand nationwide with a franchised unit opening last November in Bethesda, Maryland.

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justthefacts
justthefacts

The owner was just listed as one of 25 top influential Hispanics in AZ Business Magazine.  Hmmm, I guess being legal and smart about who you hire doesn't matter in deciding if you are influential?  E-Verify is so easy, and if they are using someone else"s documents it is pretty sure that they won't match the picture on the ID...just saying!

Dennis Link
Dennis Link

Won't be getting an Americas Taco franchise

Mike Doughty
Mike Doughty

Not if he is prosecuting more serious crimes,like sex and child abuse,drug dealing, human smuggling,or tens of other more serious crimes.

Rocky Mountain Hi
Rocky Mountain Hi

Shelley, many illegals who come into our country are poor, carrying diseases unbeknownst to them then they go straight to an employer who hires them to work under the table undetected. Most food industry places have health codes, and health standards. The illegal employee and employer dynamic usually does not comply with those measures as they want to stay under the radar, endangering people that eat at such places from mishandled, contaminated food.

David Gilbreth
David Gilbreth

I don't like the fact that MCSO conducts raids like these, but the fact of the matter is they are enforcing the law. It is not up to the agency which law are passed. No agency should be able I pick and chose which law it wants to enforce and until we step up and changes the laws through elections. we can't blame MCSO even if they do enforce that particular law with more zeal than I feel is healthy.

Shelley Price
Shelley Price

Hi, KattyKat: I agree with the last part of your statement, but can you please define what you mean by "health screened?" I can take that to mean several different things, some of which are valid in this context, and some which are not.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

This has been going on for over 50 years. Why is it just now that President Blackinstein is in office you just now start bitching? Why was no one bitching at Reagan when he gave full amnesty? Fucking bigoted hypocrites

Ted Meyer
Ted Meyer

Oh Max they will never charge the owners not about eating their own

Ted Meyer
Ted Meyer

I think he needs to focus on the sex crimes he has ignoring along with his deputies if u can call them that he and his staff are a disgrace to all others in law enforcement

Max N Relaxx
Max N Relaxx

No, why should we support illegal hiring? The owners should be held accountable also.

AzNtv
AzNtv

I just want them to lower the price for their tasty street tacos!

John McWhirter
John McWhirter

I live in Pinal county. If Joe keeps getting elected, then MOST of YOUR neighbors have voted for him and therefore believe in what he is doing. All you who cannot be civilized about Joe are in a BIG minority. Say what you will, but a law is a law. My Irish and German ancestors had to play by the rules, why can't yuu? Many of my Hispanic friends in Casa Grande think likewise--THEIR families did it the right way as well. It makes me sad that this great establishment has brought in individuals who are law-breakers--ILLEGAL immigrants, ILLEGALLY stealing indenties, and possibly not being LEGALLY tested for food-handling permits. America, what are you going to do to get MY trust back?

Rocky Mountain Hi
Rocky Mountain Hi

It's not cool for employers to exploit illegals to line their pockets either, time to end that too.

Rocky Mountain Hi
Rocky Mountain Hi

Many illegals are not health screened and should not be any where near the food industry, nasty...and employers shouldn't be exploiting illegals for slave labor just to line their pockets.

Rocky Mountain Hi
Rocky Mountain Hi

Most illegals are not health screened when they break into our country and should not work anywhere near the food industry. Nasty! Thank you Joe!

Cathy Todd West
Cathy Todd West

nope. have family working through the process now to be here LEGALLY......

Eric W. N. Mulenfeld
Eric W. N. Mulenfeld

Yeah ! theres n reason to hurt people like that! maybe a monatary fee would be in order! it might be unfair to allow one business to operate at an advantage... someones makin more money because of it and im pretty sure it wasnt the immigrants. obama cant afford to keep people detained but sherrif joe lost 100m and he can still take away the bomb tacos..

Lou Peña
Lou Peña

Just die already nazi arpaio

Joe Abrahamson
Joe Abrahamson

Not a big fan of Arpiao but if he is finding illegal's anywhere in Maricopa County, they should be arrested and deported. After all, my family came to this country LEGALLY, so why is it so difficult for them to follow the law?

Laura Laguna
Laura Laguna

Yes, STOP raiding for hard workers and start arresting child molesters!

Steve Hoffman
Steve Hoffman

Yes, carne asada burrito sounds good for dinner

Beverlie Mercurio Berry
Beverlie Mercurio Berry

No.....but it would be nice if they could just stay away from my favorite restaurants ~

Justin Swanson
Justin Swanson

no, i think anyone who breaks the law deserves to be punished for said laws

Larry Houser
Larry Houser

People who steal Identities are criminals, wait till it happens to you and you will see

Greg Bucher
Greg Bucher

old has been with the thinking of turn of the century, right wing, idiocracy,....

Bill Holtson
Bill Holtson

keep the kittens safe that Sherriff is GO Joe@@@ :) We love you!!! what part of illegal do you pukes not understand!!!

Cheri Mason
Cheri Mason

I think Arpaio should start focusing on other, more troublesome crimes, even though they may not be as much "fun" for him. After that, when all the sex crimes and assaults and robberies and such have been thoroughly handled, he could see how much time he has left to go looking for problems that are lower on the proverbial food chain. My guess is he wouldn't, under that scenario, have a lot of extra time to go raiding small businesses.

Greg Bucher
Greg Bucher

FUCK YES!!!!!,.....the criminal's are not working,.

Shelley Price
Shelley Price

While identity theft is a serious crime and shouldn't be tolerated, that's another discussion. I think the central point of this post is Arpaio's self-serving execution of his office. He determines criminal priority based on Pandering To The Spotlight rather than Danger To The Public. To quote a friend of mine, who himself borrowed from an old joke: the most dangerous place in the world is between Sheriff Joke and a camera.

john04301
john04301

I agree with the majority here Joe must handcuff the owner's and manager's he must put them in the same paddywagon along with the illegals, let them sit in tent city until they bond out then let the law take care of it.I think everyone would be in favor of that it also would put teeth into the hiring laws arizonian's voted for. I also agree the owner's of american taco will just hire another batch of illegal worker's  and thats a shame considering the hispanic community has the highest unemployment number's

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

And that's a small percentage. Maybe a couple of hundred of over 4000. Most kids don't want to spend money on things like this. If takes away from their drinking money.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

I was speaking of Arpaio's. But then again can a piece of crap like that even have a philosophy? Hmm.

Nick Atkins
Nick Atkins

Joe actually majority of Fake ID's nowadays are either someone else's driver license or a fake made by a "pro." With the technology nowadays bouncers and store clerks have the ability to catch them easier so the criminal world must be ahead of the curve. One more question Joe, whose "basic philosophy" are we talking about here? Arapio, me, some other person on the thread? I am just confused and love a good discussion that is why I am asking. Opinions are what make us Americans and when people can explain their stance on a subject I will always listen. I might retort and not agree, but that is the point of having liberties and expressing myself.

Daniel Riley
Daniel Riley

Employers are not allowed to "investigate" employee's legal status. It says so right on the e-verify form. If the information the employee provides comes back clean through e-verify, then they're eligible for employment.

notacosforyou
notacosforyou

well, I just hope that the identities that the illegal mexicans stole belonged to some of their libtard enablers.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Ryan..9 times out of 10 kids change only the date of birth on an ID not the name

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

Ryan I think that is his basic philosophy. And he is what's wrong with this nation.

Ryan Ford
Ryan Ford

And I disagree with Joe. Identity theft is identity theft whether or not its a 16 year old kid using someone else's ID to buy beer or some family hopping the border to work in the US. The difference is one criminal is a citizen and the other is not. Prosecute the citizen deport the non-citizen and make their home country pay the damages. It's that simple.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

If people would think before they react we'd all be better off, but it seems people like to react to an action instead of finding a solution.

Ryan Ford
Ryan Ford

They were illegal immigrants. Lets focus on the word ILLEGAL! This is not news worthy. I don't see any articles on the sheriffs department arresting people who commit other crimes. If you seriously think that Joe I sitting around his off thinking "hmmm we haven't done any real crime solving in weeks so let's go round up some illegals" you're are truly what is wrong with this nation.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@notacosforyou "libtard"  - that is just so clever.  You must be the hit of the party with such clever zingers like that one.  Did you come up with that one all by yourself, or did you need a fifth grader to help you?  Or are you a fifth grader?  See, most of us stopped with the name calling somewhere around the fifth grade, but you stuck with it.  Good for you - it just shows how damn clever you can be.

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