680 undocumented workers were detained by ICE last week at a Mississippi poultry plant. None of the company executives arrested. And now the company is already holding a jobs fair.
“Days after immigration agents arrested 680 Latino workers in a massive workplace sting at seven Mississippi chicken processing plants, job seekers flocked to an employment fair Monday in hopes of filling some of those now-empty positions.
Koch Foods, based near Chicago, held the job fair to recruit new workers at one of its Morton plants, after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Wednesday arrested 243 workers suspected of working without legal authorization.
By 10 a.m., a crowd of dozens was on hand, and steady stream of people came and went. Most were black and spoke with accents from the American South. A few appeared white or Hispanic.
While the raids at seven plants were unprecedented, chicken processing facilities are normally plagued by heavy turnover and ravenously seek employees. Koch spokesman Jim Gilliland said Monday that job fairs are a ‘frequent occurrence.’
‘They are part of normal efforts to employ,’ Gilliand wrote in an email. ‘In this environment of relative full employment, most businesses are looking for qualified applicants; Koch is no different.'”
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