Arizona police raid two eateries in Phoenix targeting illegal immigrants

11:09, June 13, 2010      

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Deputies from Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) served search warrants on two Sizzler steak houses in Phoenix suspected of employing illegal immigrants on Saturday, the Arizona Republic newspaper reported on its website.

This is the second sweep against suspected illegal immigrants living in the state in less than one week.

By Wednesday, deputies from MCSO have arrested a total of 40 illegal aliens in a 36-hour period as a result of multiple traffic stops and an investigation into an apparent Mesa drop house.

Thirty-one of them were transferred into the custody of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement, while other nine suspects were booked into a county jail on human smuggling charges.

In Saturday's operation, MCSO deputies arrested nine employees from two Sizzlers who they believe are using fraudulent identification to gain employment, Lt. Brian Lee said in a statement.

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