PHOENIX — Nine janitorial workers suspected of using fictitious documents
to get jobs and their manager were arrested in a raid of state office buildings
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the raid that resulted in the arrests
of the Upright Commercial Cleaning employees was carried out Thursday night at
Arizona Department of Transportation offices near the state capitol.
Arpaio said the nine workers are immigrants who aren’t in the country legally
and the manager is a U.S. citizen suspected of knowing that employees were using
A message left at the business wasn’t immediately returned Friday afternoon.
The bust marks the 83rd business raid by Arpaio’s office since a state law took
effect in 2008 that prohibits employers from knowingly hiring people who are in
the country illegally.
The raids have resulted in the arrests of more than 700 immigrants who were in
the country illegally and three managers. Three businesses also have had civil
cases filed against them.
Critics say Arpaio’s workplace raids have led to the arrests of hundreds of
workers, but have done little to hold employers accountable.
Supporters of the raids say the law has helped combat identity theft and that
the fear of raids has caused employers to follow the rules.
This isn’t the first time Arpaio’s office has raided a government building in
its workplace investigations.
In 2008, sheriff’s deputies raided the city hall and a public library in Mesa
to arrest members of a cleaning crew.