Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Immigration crackdown

Story: "Federal agents raided meat processing plants in six states Tuesday and arrested an unknown number of suspected illegal immigrants in an identity theft investigation, temporarily suspending operations at all six plants.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the workers were being arrested on administrative immigration violations and, in some cases, criminal arrest warrants stemming from a nearly yearlong investigation.

ICE chief Julie L. Myers told reporters in Washington that agents had uncovered a scheme in which illegal immigrants and others had stolen or bought the identities and Social Security numbers of possibly hundreds of U.S. citizens and lawful residents to get jobs with Greeley-based meat processor Swift & Co.

Six Swift processing facilities were raided Tuesday, in Greeley; Grand Island, Neb.; Cactus, Texas; Hyrum, Utah; Marshalltown, Iowa; and Worthington, Minn., representing all of Swift's domestic beef processing capacity and 77 percent of its pork processing capacity.

This should satisfy quite a few people. The anti-illegal immigration crowd, a large number of illegals have been busted, and potientally deported. The union crowd, because a non-union workforce is now gone. The food security people, because criminals are no longer processing as much meat. And the general American, because justice is being served, and IDs that have been stolen are being exposed.


Anonymous said...

The problem I have is that illegal immigrants are most often only really being tracked down if they've done SOMETHING ELSE wrong, like stolen identities. Even the people who are doing good things seem to be accidentally/subconsciously diminishing the seriousness of the crime of illegally immigrating.

Then there is the fiasco that about the worst thing that can happen to the immigrants is that they get deported--only to come back with a fresh start as a practically "new" person.

We need to secure the borders, and start deporting as many illegals as we can find. But, first we must secure the border: it's hard to bail the water out of the boat if you first don't plug up the leaks. Then, as I said, we shouldn't just deport select illegals: that would be like getting the piranhas (criminals who have committed other crimes) out of the boat, but leaving the water (our ordinary illegal immigrants) in and allowing it to continue to take the boat under.

Palm boy said...

Sealing the border is an admirable goal, but I'll take this just the same.