February 8, 2011, - 11:56 am

Over Half of “Ethical” Restaurant Chain’s Workers Illegal Aliens

By Debbie Schlussel

So, the lefty-oriented food chain that preaches “integrity” to the rest of us doesn’t have any.  Isn’t that always the way?  Apparently, saving American jobs and hiring American citizens isn’t part of Chipotle’s definition of integrity. It’s sad when a chain that brags about how humanely it treats animals can’t bring itself to treat American citizens as humanely.



Chipotle Mexican Grill has a lot going for it [including] . . . a hip and eco-friendly image. . . .

And then it has something not going its way — a federal crackdown on its immigrant labor force that has so far forced Chipotle to fire hundreds of allegedly illegal workers in the state of Minnesota, perhaps more than half its staff there.

The probe is widening. Co-Chief Executive Monty Moran told Reuters on Friday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has also issued “notices of inspection” for restaurants in Washington D.C. and Virginia.

Investors in the Wall Street darling are taking note and one firm, Calvert Investments, plans to talk to Chipotle about the large number of undocumented workers uncovered. . . .

Chipotle — a Denver-based company whose motto is “Food With Integrity” — is one of the most well-known names caught in the immigration enforcement shift that began two years ago. . . .

Alejandro, one of the Chipotle workers fired in Minnesota who asked that his last name not be published for fear of reprisals, worked there for five years and earned $9.42 per hour, taking home $1,200 a month. That allowed him to send up to $800 per month to his daughters to keep studying in Mexico. . . .

Alejandro, 37, and co-worker Tanya, a 35-year-old mother of four, admit they are in the United States illegally and had to use false documents to get their jobs at Chipotle.

“I believe that when you go to apply there, they know beforehand that you don’t have papers,” Tanya said by phone. “And after the six years I worked there, or the 10 years of some of my colleagues, they get rid of us without warning.” . . .

The company, which has gained a cult-like following by serving natural and organic food where possible, stands out as one of the industry’s top performers when it comes to sales at established restaurants and stock gains. Its stock price is flirting with $250 compared to under $40 in November 2008.

Here’s the very sad part, below. Chipotle and its investors don’t care. They know they’re gonna get away with this. And, as you read this, ask yourself why Sholom Rubashkin, who owned Agriprocessors, is in prison for employing people with false documents, and the Chipotle execs will just pay some small fines. I guess none of them are Jews, just like the Wal-Mart execs who pressured janitorial contractors to employ illegal aliens, were not Jewish and didn’t spend a day in federal prison. As you’ll recall, in the Rubashkin trial, the Bush Justice Department told the federal court that because Rubashkin and all American Jews are flight risks to Israel, he shouldn’t get bail.

Investors, however, may not see much risk to Chipotle or other fast food companies from their immigration quandaries. Chipotle stock still ended 3 percent higher on Friday after the news of the widening immigration probe.

After all, the companies can simply go out and hire others or pay fines to ICE that probably won’t dent their bottom lines. Total ICE fines last year were a paltry $7 million. . . .

Indeed, it is not just a few workers who need to be hired and trained to keep the places running. Chipotle will not disclose the total number fired, but it could be as many as 700 of its estimated 1,200 Minnesota workers.

More than half the workers are illegal, they obviously know this, and all they’ll get is a few dollars in fines?

“Food with integrity,” indeed.

Reader Mary:

According to Reuters, are we supposed to have empathy for a corporation that purports via its motto to be, “Food with Integrity,” yet as a general rule hired illegal workers and does not want to deal with the consequences of knowingly breaking the law?
Gee, I wonder if I can get away with knowingly breaking the law. Sorry, but I don’t feel bad for Chipotle. I just don’t.

I don’t either. I feel sorry for the many unemployed American citizens who would love a job at Chipotle but can’t get one because, apparently, being born in the U.S. is not part of “food with integrity.”

So, to summarize the hierarchy at Chipotle . . .

Animals, First. Illegal Aliens, Second. American Citizens, Dead Last.

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27 Responses

American citizens are always DEAD last! We die for the rights of our constitution, we die for the rights of the Muslim Brotherhood, we die for the Muslims rights to butcher their own and now we die for the corporate bottom line. Nothing changes.

Off topic, but now Obama tells O’reily that he RESPECTS fox news. Sell outs-every f*cking one of them! Sadly, the sheeple in this country will buy this BS and vote him in again next year.

wolf2012 on February 8, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Funny, I have never wanted to eat at a Chipotle. Now I never will either. Mexican fast-food is ALWAYS wasted calories anyway.

The damage by the 5th column is as steady as ever.

Wolf, I am so not surprised because for BOR (or anyone who has watched the Cap’n Zero administration for the past two years) to agree to interview Barry Soetoro, one would have to realize that they were interviewing a profligate liar and be complicit in it.

I know what Zero is by his actions and deeds…just as I judge everyone…NOT by what that flaming liar says. He just lies and lies and BOR knows it but due to white-guilt and the love of his power and work-legacy, he’s gonna profit from the “prophet”.

BOR sounded PATHETIC on Laura Ingraham and had more excuses than a criminal going to jail as to why he did not ask Zero certain things. Ugh, does he think his former audience is stupid? Eff Zero and eff BOR. They are both disgraces.

Skunky on February 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Agreed Skunky.
BOR, Beck, and the rest of Fox just sign on where the money is. For the past 3 years they have made millions with their faux conservative “reporting”. I’m also not surprised in the least at what they do. I won’t even be surprised when the BO is voted back in.
Let’s not forget that BOR also did the obama interview during McCain’s speech at the RNC-(or something like that) during the campaign. Instead of FOX broadcasting McCain they decided to broadcast Obama instead.

wolf2012 on February 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Beacons of truth such as Debbie shining the spotlight are the critical first step. The next step, seems to me, is to communicate with the company in the form of a letter, email from those of us who patronize the Chipotle’s of the country.

Like the Tea Party, the Egyptians on the streets, etc. thoundsands of individual voices turn into a loud roar. When they see revenues drop sharply, and see the thousands of letters and emails stating why we would appreciate them reconsidering their behavior, believe me they will.

Write em! Tell em why you are putting them in the penalty box until they change and respect American jobs…! There are a lot of us who feel this way you would be surprised how sucessfully how we can execute hope and change if we all take little actions each week…

hill billy on February 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Don’t forget we have a great statement from “Alejandro” (I wonder if that’s his real name or if he’s just a Lady Gaga fan). He said he makes $1200 a month in take-home pay, of which TWO THIRDS goes to his family in Mexico. That’s all a heart-warming story, but I thought the illegals were supposedly contributing to our economy in numerous ways? If two-thirds of their pay goes to Mexico, I don’t see how they do.

Sean on February 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

I wonder if Al Sharpton will be protesting over illegal aliens getting jobs instead of black citizens? Well, I rather doubt it. McDonald’s has been shut to them for years, and now it is Chipotle. Also, I rather doubt that the person making $1200 a month is sending up to $800 a month to the girls, unless he is scamming social assistance in some manner to make up for it.

Worry01 on February 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Hmmm…. 15,000,000 jobless US citizens…

15,000,000 illegals….


I can’t quite figure it out, but I’m thinkin’ maybe, just maybe, there’s a solution somewhere to this a here jobless sicheeashion.

Mister E. Mixx on February 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Dang. I always liked Chipotle’s food….

KayserSozay on February 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

A nice summary of the “jobs” market. For hourly workers who are most dependant on a high paying job with benny’s the government has turned their back on them. Why then do they always vote Democratic. These workers need to read DS website on a daily basis to wise up to their predicament.

Tim on February 8, 2011 at 2:33 pm

The mantra of a lot of these companies is that native Americans don’t want to do the work, or won’t work as hard as illegals. The truth is, native Americans will work for them, but they will not work in sweatshop conditions, and they will complain to the authorities if they suspect wrongdoing on the part of the employer. And they won’t work for anything less than the prevailing wages for the area. Everything put together, it’s a win-win for the employer – lower labor costs and a pliable workforce. The disgusting part is, all of it is illegal from the top down but there is little or no punishment for it. Slavery was outlawed, indentured servitude was outlawed…but people get away with this and even flaunt it openly?
What is wrong with us?

murder_city on February 8, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Well I hear that a few senators including Mr. Gramnesty and Mr. McVain are introducing another amnesty bill with the condition that we solidify our borders first. So this enforcement farce with Chipotle appears timed to coincide with the new bill & help it get passed; they seem to do this all the time. Whenever they want an amnesty bill passed there is a pretense of enforcement for a short time.

Little Al on February 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm

If the crack down on unethical, criminal corporations was taken seriously then the illegal alien problem would have been gone decades ago. Oh wait, both parties are bought off by criminal corporations.

Behind every illegal alien is a traitorous American.

Flies won’t come if the Sh*t don’t stink.

CaliforniaScreaming on February 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Sadly that’s exactly what Sitting Bull and Geronimo said, Unfortunately they couldn’t send out ICE to arrest all of those horrible illegal aliens!

    BroMan on February 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Funny, every restaurant I go to, fast food or not, with “integrity” or not, has hispanic workers. Are they legal? Your guess is as good as mine. It is so easy to get papers. They don’t look real, but companies will use them until the IRS sends them a letter (if ever).

But $9.42 an hour for fast food? I thought they paid so little and no American would want that? Their workers even have enough to send most of it home! And I do believe that “Alejandro” can survive on $400 a month b/c they cram into houses and probably eat free when they are working.

I do agree that the Agriprocessors show was totally hypocritical.

Jennifer on February 8, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Funny too, I’ve seen all types. not just Hispanics, working in restaurants and at other jobs, but unlike you I can’t tell if they are illegal or not. And at $9.25 per hour, and packing all into one house, maybe mo’ Americans should do dat, dat is called sharing espences, and yes, ya do it too, uh-huh, remember ol’ Appalachia, uh-huh, and da ol signs dat say “aint no Irish need apply” and water fountains and restrooms for “Colored” only? Maybe we should all go back to where ever it is we came from, or at least to the golden 1950’s when we didnt have no problems like that, life was so much better back then, yeah thats it lets go back to the 1950’s!

    BroMan on February 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Mexican trousersnout-grabbing restaurant workers? Chipolte logo should read: That ain’t no jive, it’s Mexican jism.

Whenever I see Mexican food, much less Chipotle, I will remember that disgusting picture, as it comes of the heels of that Mexican yogurt-caper as reported by The Smoking Gun. You can go to the website for that but be forewarned, it’s nauseating.

JoshR on February 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Eminem grabs his trousers/thing too, and thats made him a millionaire, very popular with all the Caucasian youngsters, have you ever eaten a hot dog or Polish sausage? Maybe you should eat “gourmet” like say a Jeffrey Dahmer, he had an exquisite taste for young black mens.

    BroMan on February 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Hmmm…. 15,000,000 jobless US citizens…

15,000,000 illegals….


I can’t quite figure it out, but I’m thinkin’ maybe, just maybe, there’s a solution somewhere to this a here jobless sicheeashion.

Mister E. Mixx on February 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Sadly, if the government decided to get rid of the 15,000,000 illegals, it would probably decide to replace them with 15,000,000 new legal Muslim immigrants. Ideally, there would be no illegal immigrants, but I’ll take a Latin American illegal any day over a Muslim legal immigrant.

JM on February 8, 2011 at 10:51 pm

American women too damn lazy to cook. Throw all Mexican and Muslim restaurants out of the country along with their people.
I am surprized more people have not gotten sick and died from the trash served in these restaurants. It looks like somebody puked or pooped on a plate and served the damn stuff.

Pat on February 9, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Or at least put all of those Mexican and Muslim restaurants along the southern border, build a wall to keep them out and to control access, sort of like a guest worker/consumer type of thing, and then have the Minutemen patrol the area, that would eliminate most border patrol jobs, which would lessen the federal deficit, but then what would all of those unemployed border patrol people do? President Reagan “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”…BroMan “Mr. president, build up a wall”.

    BroMan on February 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I thought illegal aliens will beat animals – think Muslims & halal slaughter, which is anything but humane.

Infidel Pride on February 9, 2011 at 3:18 am

Debbie, I think that you’re the ONLY person reporting the breathtaking disparity between Rubashkin and Chipotle. I can’t understand how the two could be sooooo very different.

Keep up the good work!

David in Chicago on February 10, 2011 at 10:19 am

Debbie wrote-

“Here’s the very sad part, below. Chipotle and its investors don’t care. They know they’re gonna get away with this. And, as you read this, ask yourself why Sholom Rubashkin, who owned Agriprocessors, is in prison for employing people with false documents, and the Chipotle execs will just pay some small fines.”

Debbie is mistaken. Rubashkin is not in prison “for employing people with false documents”.

Rubaskin is in prison because he was convicted of bank fraud in connection with his scheme to forge false invoices and bills of lading which were furnished to the bank as collateral for its loan advances.

The charges against Rubashkin for knowingly employing illegal aliens were dropped by the feds in after Rubashkin was convicted on the bank fraud charges.

For the coverage in the detail of the Rubaskin case, please see the Blog “Failed Messiah.com”.

Mannie Davis on February 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Interesting insight into that case. If the illegal alien charges were dropped by the “Feds”, and Rubaskin was convicted on bank charges, it doesn’t sound like something that “ICE” is capable of doing, unless it was some extraordinary ICE agent that bucked the system(ICE management)and pushed the case forward, and those are a very small, and fading, minority. ICE would have settled for what Chipotle is potentially facing; a monetary fine.

    BroMan on February 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Mr. Manny Davis;

    Debbie is not mistaken, “Recognizing that the jury would be prejudiced against Rubashkin in considering the bank-fraud allegations if it heard evidence regarding immigration-law violations [Granted, Flores-Figueroa v. United States, 129 S. Ct. 1886) was inapplicable to their situations.], the District Judge severed trial of the 72 immigrations violations in the Seventh Superseding Indictment from the 91 bank-fraud charges . Nonetheless, contending that he committed bank fraud when he represented to the bank that Agri was complying with the law, the Iowa prosecutors presented more than two days of highly inflammatory testimony regarding the immigration allegations during the bank-fraud trial. The District Judge denied repeated defense requests for a mistrial.”

    You wrote:

    “Rubaskin is in prison because he was convicted of bank fraud in connection with his scheme to forge false invoices and bills of lading which were furnished to the bank as collateral for its loan advances.”

    Exclude the government’s role in driving AgriProcessors to complete financial ruin and then prosecute for “bank fraud”. Rubashkin made all his loan payments on time prior to the raid. You forget to cite the arbitrary miscalculations of the prosecutors, since the amount in losses increased jailtime under the sentencing guidelines. You failed to take into account that, “… much of the bank’s loss was a product of AgriProcessors going bankrupt, not fraud. “Bankruptcy isn’t a crime, unless it’s a fraudulent bankruptcy,” “Sholom Rubashkin was convicted of bank fraud, not bankruptcy fraud; the two crimes are separate and unrelated, but they’re being confused here.” “The bank fraud consisted of inflating receivables in the amount of about $10 million—not $26 million. But let’s also remember when using the term crime, Sholom Rubashkin had a willing “partner in crime”—the bank itself. The bank chose to stay blinder than a bat in regard to AgriProcessors way of managing its finances.”Also, let’s not forget the double standard: “Mark Turkcan, the president of First Bank Mortgage of St. Louis—the bank Rubashkin is charged with defrauding—himself plead guilty to misapplying $35 million in loans, resulting in a loss of approximately $25 million during a years-long fraud and cover-up; Turkcan was sentenced last year by a federal judge in Missouri to one year and one day in prison.”

    Also in your statement “The charges against Rubashkin for knowingly employing illegal aliens were dropped by the feds in after Rubashkin was convicted on the bank fraud charges.”

    Rabbi Sholom M. Rubashkin did not knowingly employed illegal alients since he didn’t employ any of his workers. I personally interview many of the AG workers who pointed to Hosam Amara a plant supervisor wrapped up in a car dealing scheme and creation of false ID’s for his own profit. Mr. Amara, an Israeli Arab, fled the U.S. after the raid [btw with the help of ICE agents.]

    Besides, Mr. Davis, the charges against Rubashkin were “dropped by the feds” because the raid conducted by ICE on May 12, 2008 was “inapplicable”. “A total of 389 illegal aliens were arrested and entered guilty pleas […] after being told that they could be charged with a major federal criminal felony […], the Supreme Court held in 2009 (Flores-Figueroa v. United States, 129 S. Ct. 1886) was inapplicable.”

    For the REAL coverage in the detail of the Rubashkin case, please get the facts corrected and read Debbie Maimon at https://www.yated.com/search.asp

    AM on February 28, 2011 at 10:02 am

I think that you are correct BroMan.

Shipley Donuts was raided at about the same time as Agriprocessors under the same ICE program. Their ownership plead guilty and paid a big fine (1.5 million.) Top execs and the owner received probation in the plea agreement.



Mannie Davis on February 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I’m not sure what you mean BroMan?

Jennifer on February 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm

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