Monday, August 19, 2019

More than 40 charged in federal court from Mississippi ICE raid, but no company officials


Earlier this month, immigration enforcement  officers conducted raids at a number of food processing plants in Mississippi.

Jimmie E. Gates and Luke Ramseth from the Mississippi Clarion Ledger report that charges have been filed accusing more than 40 people detained in the recent Mississippi chicken processing plant raids of unlawful presence in the United States. However, so far, there are no records of company officials being charged with knowingly hiring undocumented workers. This is despite information in federal search warrant affidavits suggesting company officials knew their workers were undocumented: 

"Some managers knew workers wore ankle monitors to work as they waited on immigration hearings, the warrants say. One of the chicken companies was aware its workers used fraudulent Social Security numbers, a confidential informant told investigators. A human resources employee revealed an employee was hired on two occasions, under two different identities.

When a Guatemalan man encountered law enforcement in Texas, he admitted he had worked at one of the plants, Koch Foods, and reportedly said the plant knew about his immigration status and that there were `a lot of illegals working there.'"


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