Immigration

Andrew Thomas Uses Arizona Employer-Sanctions Law to Close First Business Temporarily -- a Phoenix Subway Restaurant

Even Jared will have to take a little break from "eatin' fresh" if he goes to the Subway sandwich shop at 1950 W. Indian School Road, thanks to a deal the store made with the Maricopa County Attorney's Office over a violation of the state's employer-sanctions law.

Danny's Subway has agreed to close its doors for two days and will be placed on probation for three years for violating the employer-sanctions law, the County Attorney's Office announced today.

An investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement found that between 2007 and 2008, the restaurant employed a worker who was unauthorized to work in Arizona because he was illegally in the United Statest.

The restaurant fired the employee but then re-hired him about two months later under a "forged identity."

ICE found out and fined the restaurant $431 and referred the violation to the County Attorney's Office, which is now using its divine authority to slap a few wrists.

We called Danny's Subway, where an employee tells New Times he didn't even know about the settlement. He says Danny, the store's owner, will get back to us later.

Since the employer-sanctions law has been on the books, this is the first time a business has actually been shut down.

The County Attorney's business-busting operation got some headlines last year when Waterworld was found to be in violation of the employer-sanctions law. Unfortunately for the County Attorney, he never was able to close the business because it was already out of business.

A similar bust was made at the Scottsdale Art Factory in November, but that case is still working its way through the courts.

"As part of this settlement, we will be monitoring, through quarterly reports, the hiring practices of this company," County Attorney Andrew Thomas blathered in a statement. "Everyone agrees that citizens and legal immigrants looking for work should not have to compete with unauthorized workers."

Right, Andy. We're all just dying to work at Subway.

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