Thursday, April 17, 2008

Nearly 300 Arrested in Immigration Raids in Five States - Including Arkansas

More arrests elsewhere!

Illegal Aliens Using Stolen ID's

(But these are just hardworking people wanting to provide a better life for their families.)

Excerpts from article: (See link below)

"Nearly 300 people were arrested Wednesday in immigration and identity theft raids at Pilgrim's Pride poultry plants in five states.

"More than 20 were arrested in Batesville, Ark., on federal warrants for alleged document fraud or identity theft.

"Atkinson said the company went to ICE agents with information about identity theft at the Arkansas plant. The company uses a federal database to check identity documents of new employees, but that wouldn't stop a person from using a real, but stolen ID, he said.

"The company has about 55,000 employees and operates dozens of facilities, mostly across the South and in Mexico and Puerto Rico.

"The poultry raids were the largest of several immigration enforcement actions across the country Wednesday.

"The raids were part of a long-term investigation, officials said. Plants were raided in Mount Pleasant, Texas, Batesville, Ark., Live Oak, Fla., Chattanooga, Tenn. and Moorefield, W.Va., authorities said."

Link to entire story:


Anonymous Rick said...

Living in Batesville I am well aware of the illegal immigration problems the government refuses to fix. My dad retired from the Batesville plant and I worked there a little more than a year out of high school. It used to be a place for hundreds of people in Independence and surrounding counties to work and support their families. Unfortunately its hard to get a job there now unless you speak spanish and with 2 local factories closing people have to relocate to other areas.
If the government was serious about illegal immigrants they would fine these companies to the point they wouldn't think of hiring anyone illegal.
I was told by someone who works there that during the raid there were Mexicans running all over the building trying to hide.
I would be willing to bet they could have arrested a lot more than they did!!

7:24 AM, April 18, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Rick for giving us more details. Debbie

7:29 AM, April 18, 2008  
Blogger Harvey Edwards said...

Its been three years since I have been unemployed in Stuttgart. I will go to retry for a security guard job tomorrow $8.00 an hr is better than nothing . Funny though I am not an illegal . This town has a well regulated workforce and only a few available jobs. I have written volumes on the root cause. It is Politicians keeping it that way. They do prefer immigrant labor for the cheap. anyway without going into boring details you can see some of my thoughts at or one of six news pages Do ya think maybe one reason I cant get a job is because I speak out against Special interests, politicians, corporate welfare and even the folks who receive our tax dollars to minister to the poor .

6:59 PM, April 22, 2008  
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