Photo: "America's Toughest Sheriff" Joe Arpaio
Over the last two years, since Maricopa County officers began immigration raids, almost 500 hundred people have been removed from various businesses. However, very little action has been taken against the companies they worked for despite America’s self-proclaimed “Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio proudly (and constantly) pointing to his state having the toughest law against employers who hire undocumented immigrants.
After a raid in Phoenix Monday, Arpaio held a press conference. When a reporter asked Arpaio about the lack of action against employers, but the frequent action against the employees Arpaio confusingly answered, “If we don’t get the employer, we’re sure going to continue to get the employees that are here illegally using false identification.”
The fact of the matter is that Arpaio and his “immigration posse” have arrested almost 500 people, but only two businesses have EVER been forced to shut down, and each only did so for a few select days, not permanently.
As of 2007, Arizona companies have been required to screen new employees by way of E-Verify (a DHS online tool) to determine their legal status. About 70,000 Arizona companies’ sites have signed up for E-Verify, and they make up 1/6 of the U.S.’s total number of companies using it, despite having only 1/50 of the country’s population within its borders.