Suit challenges Arizona sheriff's business raids

Suit challenges Arizona sheriff's business raids

Suit challenges Arizona sheriff's business raids

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by Jacques Billeaud, Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 23 at 9:50 AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Immigrant rights advocates are challenging business raids by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office that have led to the arrests of immigrant workers on charges of using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs.

A lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of two of the arrested workers alleges hundreds of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally have been singled out in such cases, while only a small number of employers have had court cases brought against them on illegal hiring allegations.

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday morning.

The agency has conducted 83 raids since a state law that prohibits employers from knowingly hiring immigrants living in the U.S. illegally took effect in 2008

Supporters of the raids say the law helps combat identity theft.

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