Fellow Americans, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced that he is taking steps to fix this nation's unemployment crisis, by arresting workers in high-wage fields such as Mexican restaurant dish-washing to create brand-new jobs -- or so the Sheriff's logic goes.
Or, for the rest of us, that means Arpaio just pulled off "employer sanctions operation"/immigrant roundup number 65.
Deputies went to La Casa Blanca, a Mexican restaurant in south Chandler, where investigators suspect five of the 35 employees are in the country illegally.
Four of the five suspected illegal immigrants were rounded up (how did they ever come up with the name "Nickel Bag Joe"?), so please forward your résumé to 24605 South McQueen Road, and tell 'em Joe sent ya.
Here's part of the smarmy press release that information came from:
(MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ) With unemployment figures approaching the eight to ten percent mark, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says his deputies continue to investigate local businesses that hire illegal aliens as a way to help provide jobs for legal citizens.
"Identity theft is a serious problem for the victims of these crimes," Arpaio says. "In addition the arrest of these illegal aliens working with fake names and false social security numbers opens up employment opportunities for those who are in this country legally."
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The Sheriff's Office says the four people arrested -- and the fifth guy that's AWOL -- were using fake identifications.
The running tally after the 65th operation is 635 arrests, with 445 of them being alleged illegal immigrants using forged or stolen identifications.