Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wil Cardon’s Business Busted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement

New TV ad highlights Cardon’s business that employed 151 illegal workers

PHOENIX – Self-funding millionaire Senate candidate Wil Cardon talks tough on TV about illegal immigration and touts himself as a hands-on, job-creating businessman, but he hasn’t talked about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) busting his business, which employed more than 150 illegal workers, as the Arizona Republic reported last week.

A new television ad from the Flake campaign begins airing today throughout the state on broadcast and cable contrasting Cardon’s tough campaign talk against employers who break the law with the massive number of illegal aliens at his business, as uncovered by the ICE investigation. Click the image below or this link to view the ad:


JEFF FLAKE: “I’m Jeff Flake and I approved this message.”

VOICE OVER: Wil Cardon talks tough about illegal immigration.

WIL CARDON: “We cannot let people break the law.” (Lincoln Republican Women’s Club, February 6, 2012)

VO: But federal agents say nearly two-thirds of Wil Cardon’s sandwich shop employees were illegal aliens. (ICE investigation report, pages 12, 40-41)

WIL CARDON: “This is an issue of the law, and so we need to hold everyone accountable to that.” (Lincoln Republican Women’s Club, February 6, 2012)

VO: Yes Wil Cardon, we do.

In 2008, ICE opened an investigation into Wil Cardon’s business, RCC Partners, for illegal employment practices at ten Phoenix-area Subway sandwich shops it operates. ICE conducted a Form I-9 audit to verify compliance with employee hiring requirements. Employers must complete and submit Form I-9 for all new hires, verifying that each new employee is authorized to work in the United States.

As the Republic reported, “Investigators for ICE reported that nearly half of the 315 employees at some Subway restaurants owned by RCC Partners were believed to be ‘undocumented alien workers.’ Investigators also reported that their employer failed to comply with federal employment-eligibility paperwork. In fact, ICE’s verification of alien registration numbers, Social Security numbers, and driver’s license numbers listed in Section 2 of Form I-9’s resulted in the determination that 30 of the 49 current employees (61.2%) that RCC Partners hired, and 121 of the 269 former employees (47.5%), were “undocumented alien workers” who were “not authorized for employment.”

Wil Cardon portrays himself as a hands-on job-creator who is tough on illegal immigration and supports penalties – even jail time – for employers who break the law. He routinely cites his Subway business on the campaign trail and has even filmed a campaign commercial inside one of the stores.

“It’s stunning to discover that a guy who talks so tough and loud against illegal immigration and punishing employers who hire illegal workers has, in fact, been involved with a business that violated U.S. immigration law,” said Andrew Wilder, communications director for the Flake campaign.

The new ad debuting today features Wil Cardon earlier this year at the Lincoln Republican Women’s Club moralizing about holding accountable employers who hire illegal aliens. At the event, Cardon said: “…The fourth thing we need to do is to make sure the employers that are breaking the law here understand that they will be held accountable as well. We cannot let people break the law…this is an issue of the law, and so we need to hold everyone accountable to that.”

To watch the full clip of Wil Cardon’s remarks to the Lincoln Republican Women’s Club, click here:

A copy of the ICE investigation report on RCC Partners can be read online here:

For more information on Jeff Flake and why he’s running for the U.S. Senate, please visit his website at



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