Immigration Law

Bosses in Phoenix Car Wash Chain Held in Immigration Case

"Supervisors and managers of a Phoenix-area car wash chain were taken into custody over the weekend in a large-scale workplace enforcement operation targeting immigration fraud, federal authorities confirmed Sunday.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swarmed 16 locations associated with Danny’s Family Car Wash, including their staffing service provider, HR Betty, as part of an ongoing criminal inquiry that is also investigating possible identity theft, ICE spokeswoman Amber Cargile said in a statement. ... Immigration agents interviewed 223 people as part of Saturday’s operation.  Of those interviewed, 30 people were taken into custody by ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations officials for possible deportation, based on prior criminal or immigration histories, Cargile said.  Prosecutors elected not to charge the remaining 179 people who were interviewed, based on the agency’s enforcement guidelines, and they were released within hours, Cargile added.  “ICE is focused on sensible, effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators,” Cargile said in the statement. “ICE exercises discretion on a case-by-case basis, as necessary to focus resources on the agency’s stated priorities.” " - Cindy Carcamo, Aug. 18, 2013.