Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Search Warrants Reveal Our Illegal Employer Problem

Search warrants for the immigration raid that took place on Monday in Postville outline a long list of illegal hiring practices by Agriprocess at their Postville plant. The search warrants have testimony from a former supervisor and a person, who went to the plant undercover, that was looking for employment.

From KCRG...

This anonymous person says the plant's human resources manager was hiring numerous illegal workers from Mexico, Guatemala and Eastern Europe. This person estimates that 80 percent of the workers under his or her guidance were illegal.

The supervisor also alleges finding a meth lab in the plant, even workers carrying weapons. All of this, not to mention several workers having the same Social Security number.

Those detained Monday morning probably didn't know that several former and current co-workers were a big part of this search warrant. Read through it, you’ll find one of these workers -- listed only as Source #7 -- keeps popping up. Immigration agents wired this person with an electronic audio monitoring device as he or she applied for work at the meat processing plant.

Source #7's audio revealed a human resources employee saying it was okay to work there without a social security number. Others told Source #7 how you could work there without papers completely and just receive cash. A supervisor at the plant even told Source #7 to fix his or her Social Security number to be able to work.
You can read the search warrants here.
This is just another example of our illegal employer problem.

And an update on the immigration raid in Marshalltown in December 2006 at the Swift Meatpacking Plant. There still has been no charges brought against the company for illegally hiring hundreds of undocumented workers.

1 comment:

Ben said...

Charges need to be based on evidence and in the case of the Swift raid there isn't enough that shows the company knowingly violated the law. I'm not saying that Swifts -didn't- break the law, but you can only prosecute what you can prove.

The postville raid was a far more thurough investigation.