MCSO raids Phoenix hotel in search of illegal workers

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PHOENIX -- The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant at a Phoenix hotel Wednesday morning, looking for illegal workers.

Deputies raided the Days Inn at Fifth Avenue and Camelback Road after a two month-investigation into whether the general manager had been knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio said they have information that 10 of the 18 employees are in the country illegally using false identification.

One employee was arrested for aggravated identification theft and forgery. Deputies continue to search for the other nine.

"I'm very happy we don't catch all of them," Arpaio said. "I'm sure they'll be heading south, make more vacancies for U.S. citizens. The owner here is going to have to hire some employees. I hope they're U.S. citizens."

Three victims are out of state residents. Arpaio said the illegal immigrants used the victims' Social Security numbers.

The general manager was not on the premises at the time of the raid.

This was MCSO's 51st employer sanctions/illegal immigration investigation.

"I'm not concerned with the president's new policy on deportation," Arpaio said. "We're going to continue doing what we've been doing. These raids, we believe, caused the vacancies of over 1,000 positions. Once again, I hope they're being filled by U.S. citizens and not those here illegally in our country."