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Joe Arpaio Busts 20 More Janitors as a Result of Immigration Raid

Remember Sheriff "Nickel Bag" Joe Arpaio's last immigration raid, which included the arrests of four cleaning ladies?

Arpaio's office says the county is now safe from 20 more janitors/cleaning ladies as a result of the same investigation.

See also:
-Joe Arpaio Arrests Four Cleaning Ladies in 74th Immigration Raid

The mugshots resulting from last month's raid on Pro-Serv, a Phoenix cleaning company, show how pathetic the bust really was, with the four women arrested still wearing their lime-green uniforms.

Our colleague Stephen Lemons heard from Pro-Serv's lawyer last month that MCSO served a search warrant for information on 120 people -- which is confirmed by a press release issued by the Sheriff's Office.

That press release says, "Research by deputies confirmed that 120 employees of the company were using false identification, some to do more than just gain employment but also to purchase homes, cars, and open credit card accounts."

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Despite that claim, only 20 more people were arrested, in addition to those four ladies seen above.

As usual, only immigrants, and not the employer, was targeted in the so-called "criminal employment operation."

Notice that Arpaio's squad has gradually changed the name of these operations from "workplace raids" to "employer-sanctions operations" to "criminal employment operations." This was the 74th such operation MCSO has carried out, and it's probably no coincidence that this press release came out upon news that a federal judge ordered MCSO and the Maricopa County Attorney's Office to stop arresting and prosecuting people on charges of smuggling themselves into the country.

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