Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My former employer: Danny's Family Car Wash, a longtime "Mecca" for illegal aliens and other criminal activity

I worked for Danny Hendon at Danny's Family Car Wash from 1989-1990, and it was my first introduction to supervisory and management employment. Only intended to be a job to have, while between jobs, it was good experience to get under my belt. It was also the first time I shared a work place with illegal aliens. The car wash, in the infamous Maryvale section of west Phoenix at 43rd Ave. & Indian School Rd., was brand new. I was hired just in time for the grand opening. 

Drugs, prostitution and a multitude of nonsense came through the car wash at 43rd Ave and Indian School Rd. Every time a black was hired, I was told, "Look, there's a monkey. Run him off." After more than two decades, I still remember those exact words. Obviously, Danny's Family didn't like blacks. Employees didn't get lunches or breaks. At the time, there was no shade and out of all summers I picked to have an outdoor job, picked the one with record setting 120+ degree heat. 

During my Danny's tenure, minimum wage was $3.25/hr. New hires were sold a uniform and if they weren't fast or reliable enough, they would be dismissed as soon as they earned enough to pay for the uniform. The final insult was the check stub with no check that showed the deduction for the uniform. 

Federal agents raid 16 Danny's Family Car Wash locations in criminal investigation

"We target employers. Employers that aren't playing by the rules. We don't target the employees. We're targeting the companies that are not playing by the rules, not following the law," said Barbara Gonzalez. Full Article

When I worked there, our drive off guy (Lance) would start the day with no change in his pockets. By lunch time, quarters and dimes were falling out of his bulging pockets. He was stealing money out of customer's cars. This was a relatively common occurrence. The last time I saw that guy, he was in the back of a police car. It seems that little changes at Danny's magnet for crime.

Feds indict Danny's Car Wash managers, corporate entities

Fourteen people, four U.S. citizens and 10 Mexican nationals, were arrested Saturday by Homeland Security agents in raids at Danny's Family Car Wash locations in Phoenix. [Related: Read the indictment handed up Monday (PDF)] Full Article

Drug trafficking was a daily event at the car wash. The car wash maintenance man and the guys that worked in the "tunnel" were drug addicts. Rarely, did a day go by without the "Regal Brothers" showing up to get their Buick Regals washed, while they dispensed their poisons to the workers out back. The first red flag should have been that nobody washes their car everyday. Nonetheless, Danny's Family looked the other way, while this took place. 

Feds: Danny's Family Car Wash helped fake ID's, rehired illegal workers

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the investigation targets the leaders of the two businesses and that multiple people face charges of criminal immigration fraud, identity theft and financial violations. FullArticle

Hiring illegal aliens was nothing new to Danny's Family Car Wash. I saw plenty come and go. This was also my first job where I was forced to deal with language barriers and sneaky little shits mouthing off and conspiring behind my back. For the most part, managing Mexicans at a car was was relatively easy. My job involved lots of "pointing" and saying, "Meda Meda" ("look look"). 

Businessmen against law making it illegal to hire undocumented workers

In 2007 Daniel Henson, who is the owner of Danny's Car Wash, and Mac Magruder, who is the owner of HR Betty, joined forces with Wake Up Arizona. It's a coalition of Arizonans concerned about the consequences of the state's employer sanctions law. Full Article

One day, Danny Hendon walked up to me and said, "I'm paying you to be an asshole." Those were his exact words. How would you react, if your employer said that to you? A couple of months later, I became the ultimate asshole and went to work for a competitor. I also took a supervisor and ticket writer, along with me. How's that for being an asshole?

I knew Danny personally. I have zero respect for Danny and as far as I'm concerned, he belongs in prison. In my 28 years of living in Arizona, I have yet to meet an honest businessman. I don't think they exist.

Danny’s Car Wash raid targets the right people

In 2011, Danny’s fired 942 of its 1,912 employees after being notified by ICE that they had insufficient documentation. Then company managers — some of whom were also here illegally — proceeded to rehire many of the terminated workers, the indictment says, often supplying the stolen identities that would allow the fired employees to clear E-Verify. Full Article

Needless to say, rewarding criminal behavior with "amnesty" will only breed more criminal behavior. Sadly, the author of the above editorial doesn't get it. Perhaps, an illegal alien will steal her identity and will be given the opportunity to write a piece about that experience.

"How about a little compassion for all of us Americans who are the collateral damage of illegal immigration, is that really asking too much from the Arizona Republic?" --Remember 1986 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Senator John McCain responds to my anti-amnesty letter and makes ridiculous claims that immigration will create jobs

When these political jackasses make statements as stupid as this, why aren't they challenged? They should be called on the carpet. Ask him... How exactly is it going to create jobs for the unemployed, therefore bringing down unemployment? Of course, he has no answer, nor clue. 

McCain says immigration reform will create jobs

Sen. John McCain is trying to convince Arizona business leaders to support immigration reform by touting its impact on the state’s economy. McCain said Monday that giving the 11 million people in the country without legal status a path to citizenship will create jobs and end the ‘de facto’ amnesty they currently have.Full Article 

TRUE Immigration Reform would begin by securing our border as well as Israel secures theirs, by using the same methods, including deadly force. Further, we need to prosecute and punish employers who hire ILLEGAL ALIENS, arrest and deport ILLEGAL ALIENS, and treat narco-terrorist drug cartel operatives as ENEMY COMBATANTS rather than criminals.

Well, Senator John McCain finally responded to my letter:

Dear Mr. Hughes:

Thank you for contacting me to share your views regarding border security and immigration reform. I appreciate knowing your views and for the opportunity to explain my position.

Our current immigration system is broken. It fails to serve the nation’s economic interest or adequately protect our borders from illegal entry. This failure requires a legislative solution which is why I am an original co-sponsor of S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The Senate approved S. 744 by a vote of 68 to 32 on June 27, 2013.

This legislation secures the border, provides additional channels for legal immigration, and addresses the current system of “de facto” amnesty for the 11 million people who are living here illegally by proposing a lengthy path to citizenship that is contingent on securing our borders and discouraging future waves of illegal immigration.

S. 744 requires $4.5 billion of new border security technology, the completion of 700-miles of total fencing along the Southern border, and an additional 20,000 Border Patrol agents. In addition, the deployment and operation of a nation-wide employment verification and entry-exit system at our nation’s ports must be completed. If after ten years the above criteria have been satisfied, immigrants in temporary legal status will have the opportunity to apply for a green card if they can show that they have maintained gainful employment, pass an additional background check, pass a civics exam, pay all fines and fees and taxes, and learned English. It is a lengthy path that doesn’t precede securing our borders or the enforcement of our laws or supplant the privileges of legal immigrants.

Further, S. 744 would reduce immigration backlogs by reforming many aspects of the legal immigration process, including expanding permanent visas for foreign graduates of U.S. universities in STEM fields, increase the number of temporary high-skilled visas, and expand opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors to come to the United States.

Thank you for taking the time to share your views. Please feel free to contact me on this or any other matter of concern.

John McCain. United States Senator

I sent my letter on June 13, 2013 and was actually quite surprise he answered it as I was very critical of his amnesty scheme. I said, America has 23 MILLION unemployed, 47 MILLION underemployed, and a $16 TRILLION debt. The United States spends $84 BILLION on ILLEGAL ALIENS every year. We can no longer afford to be a refugee center for anyone and everyone who wants "a better life". It is estimated that more than 57% of all immigrants are on some form of welfare. This is just wrong!

Ex-Border Patrol Agents Warn: Politicians Helping Cartels in U.S.

In an open letter to the public in late July, several retired Border Patrol agents wrote on behalf of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers to warn that Mexican drug cartels are actively operating inside the United States spending millions every year to try to build their networks here. They argued that American politicians are protecting their activities as well. Full Article

Narco-Terrorist drug cartel violence is spilling onto American streets, taking the lives of Border Patrol Officers, Law Enforcement Officers, and civilians. Not to mention the millions of lives ruined or taken by the poison they smuggle into America.

McCain: The Most Reprehensible of the Keating Five

You're John McCain, a fallen hero who wanted to become president so desperately that you sold yourself to Charlie Keating, the wealthy con man who bears such an incredible resemblance to The Joker.

Obviously, Keating thought you could make it to the White House, too. He poured $112,000 into your political campaigns. He became your friend. He threw fund raisers in your honor. He even made a sweet shopping-center investment deal for your wife, Cindy. Your father-in-law, Jim Hensley, was cut in on the deal, too. Full Article

"Somehow America has become a country that projects everything that it is not and condemns everything that it is." Kevin Tillman, former soldier and brother of Pat Tillman