Thursday, April 17, 2008

ICE Raids Poultry Plants Again

Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents raided five poultry plants of Pilgrim's Pride and rounded up over two hundred workers for deportation. But some of them will be held to face charges of criminal identity theft for using the Social Security numbers of other workers. These undocumented workers are liable to a five year prison term.. (See NY Times article.)

A NY Time's editorial takes to task the whole approach of employment enforcement to the problem of undocumented workers, It argues ultimately it won't work, only driving the undocumented worker further into the shadows and making them more vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous employers. Also Homeland Security would be depending on a faulty database in the Social Security Administration that could be as harmful to native workers and legal aliens.

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