This linked article came out on Friday, so I apologize if this is old news to some of you but, since it didn’t get any notice in the mainstream media, you may not be aware. Remember the huge immigration raid in Postville, Iowa a couple of months ago? Well, it seems that the head of the plant has been arrested and charged with three separate felonies in connection with the raid. This is an important development because it’s the first time that an executive of a company that was found to be employing illegal aliens has been charged.
Federal agents Thursday arrested a former senior executive of a large kosher meatpacking plant on charges that he employed illegal immigrants for commercial gain and helped them secure fake documents, a sign of stepped up enforcement against employers who use illegal labor.
Agents for Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested Sholom Rubashkin, who headed the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in Postville, Iowa, on various criminal immigration and fraudulent-identity charges outlined in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.
The charges include encouraging an illegal immigrant to reside in the U.S., aiding and abetting the possession and use of fraudulent identification and aiding and abetting the use of another individual’s documents, which constitutes “aggravated identity theft,” according to the court.
Hopefully, this will send a chill through those companies that seek to boost profits by paying slave wages to illegal immigrants.
This harsh crackdown on illegal immigration has been gathering steam for a couple of years now. It all began when attempts to pass “immigration reform” (a euphemism for essentially eliminating the problem of illegal immigration by legalizing it) collapsed. After that the Bush administration made a hard right turn toward tightening border security and rooting out those already here. And it’s having a real impact. Numerous studies have found the number of illegal immigrants declining as fewer attempt to cross the border and those already here return home after finding it difficult to find profitable work.
We can only hope that the next administration will continue this crackdown. They certainly won’t find much support for easing up.