Sunday, December 17, 2006

MSNBC:Immigration Raids Met With Cheers and Jeers - Nearly 1,300 Arrested in Suspected ID Theft Scam at Six Meat Plants Immigration officials last month informed Swift that it would remove unauthorized workers on Dec. 4, but Swift asked a federal judge to prevent agents from conducting the raid, arguing it would cause “substantial and irreparable injury” to its business. High percentage of illegal immigrants The company had estimated a raid would remove up to 40 percent of its 13,000 workers. Greeley-based Swift describes itself as the world’s second-largest meat processor with sales of about $9 billion. After a closed hearing, a judge rejected Swift’s request, clearing the way for Tuesday’s raids at the plants in Greeley; Grand Island; Cactus, Texas; Hyrum, Utah; Marshalltown, Iowa; and Worthington, Minn. The six plants represent all of Swift’s domestic beef processing capacity and 77 percent of its pork processing capacity. Advocates of stricter immigration control praised the raids and pointed out that they targeted people suspected of committing other crimes in addition to being in the U.S. illegally. “I’m glad that ICE is enforcing our immigration laws in light of the illegal immigration crisis we face across the country,” Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., said in a statement. More on this story in the Baltimore Sun.
[Lesson learned: With these raids, illegal aliens are finally being put on notice that stealing the identities of hard-working Americans and putting their retirement funding at risk is not going to be tolerated, even if it is for the purpose of getting a job so they can better their lives by "working hard" to support a family. We show no such tolerance for bank robbers in similar circumstances, regardless of the risks they take, how hard they work, and how many children they must feed. These criminal aliens should be prosecuted and deported, even if it means breaking up their families. All criminals know their irresponsible actions may have the effect of breaking up their family. It's about time illegal aliens step up to the plate and take the punishment that goes with their crimes, instead of hiding behind "family." Being poor is not a license to steal -- during Christmas season or any other time. No sympathy here for these thieves and cowards!]