Immigration Agents Arrest 680 Workers in Massive Raids at Mississippi Food Processing Plants

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      leftcoast mountains
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      August 7, 2019

      Rogelio Solis & Jeff Amy

      (MORTON, Miss.) — U.S. immigration officials raided numerous Mississippi food processing plants Wednesday, arresting 680 mostly Latino workers in what marked the largest workplace sting in at least a decade.

      The raids, planned months ago, happened just hours before President Donald Trump was scheduled to visit El Paso, Texas, the majority-Latino city where a man linked to an online screed about a “Hispanic invasion” was charged in a shooting that left 22 people dead in the border city.

      Workers filled three buses — two for men and one for women — at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in tiny Morton, 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Jackson. They were taken to a military hangar to be processed for immigration violations. About 70 family, friends and residents waved goodbye and shouted, “Let them go! Let them go!” Later, two more buses arrived.


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      Snort McDork
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      Can’t wait to see the photos of U.S. citizens lined up to take those jobs. Come on Mississippi Republicans. Time to put up or shut up.

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      “Koch is one of the largest poultry producers in the U.S, with operations in Mississippi and five other states. The company didn’t respond to telephone calls and emails seeking comment.

      Major immigration raids were common under President George W. Bush, including one at a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, in 2008 that resulted in about 400 arrests. President Barack Obama avoided them, limiting workplace immigration efforts to low-profile audits.”

      Something tells me that the higher ups at Koch are in no danger of being arrested. We are simply back to the Bush II days of massive immigration raids that satisfy the base without touching the root cause – ‘illegal’ employers.

      They are called 'human' rights not "if politicians do not feel threatened" rights. Many politicians see national sovereignty/security as more important because they protect their power and wealth. Human rights often do just the opposite.

      National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not resolved with more national sovereignty.

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      The company is a supplier for Burger King, Kroger and Walmart.  Despite similarities in the names and the fact that both were founded by men named Fred Koch, Koch Foods has no relation to Koch Industries or the Koch brothers; their founders are two entirely different people.

      Koch has been accused of discriminating against black contract farmers and retaliating against those that spoke out. From 2009 to 2015 the company went from having contracts with four black farmers in Mississippi to having none. USDA investigators found “evidence of unjust discrimination” against black farmers by Koch.

      In 2012 the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought a class employment discrimination lawsuit against Koch alleging harassment of workers and discrimination based on national origin and race at Koch’s Morton, Mississippi plant.   The lawsuit alleged that workers were “subjected to touching and sexually suggestive comments, were hit, were charged money for normal everyday work activities” among other things.

      On August 28, 2007, federal authorities raided a chicken processing plant operated by Koch Foods in Fairfield Ohio and detained 161 undocumented workers... According to a 2010 ICE press release, the company cooperated and began using E-Verify, an Internet-based system that allows an employer to verify a person’s work eligibility.


      Seems like E-verify doesn’t work very well…

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