Monday’s Record Immigration Raid in Laurel, MS

August 28, 2008

I’m still trying to get caught up on things since returning home from the lake on Monday night.  Apparently, since my wife were on the road all day Monday, news of this record immigration raid escaped my attention until I saw a follow-up article on Tuesday.  It seems that ICE agents raided Howard Industries in Laurel, MS on Monday, rounding up 595 illegal aliens, a record haul for a workplace enforcement raid in the U.S.!  Howard Industries manufactures electrical equipment, like transformers. 

A big “thank you” and congratulations go out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement!  These raids are having some real impact.  Studies have shown a decline in the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S.  Fewer are arriving and more are leaving.  ICE, new rules requiring employers to check applicants and the bad economy are making it more difficult and unprofitable to be an illegal in the U.S.  Keep up the pressure, ICE!!

In the past, supporters of illegal immigrants have tried to justify their support by claiming that we need these workers to do the jobs that Americans don’t want.  I suppose now they’ll claim that Americans don’t want to do these high-paying manufacturing jobs building transformers any more!  It just highlights what a crock that whole argument is. 

Also, I find it interesting that this raid flew under the news radar so quickly.  In the past, such a raid has been followed for days by articles written by bleeding hearts wringing their hands over the fates of the affected families.  The following is the only such article I’ve seen:,8599,1836596,00.html?xid=feed-rss-netzero

The significance of this is that the bleeding heart stories have worn thin.  No one cares any more.  Everyone is just happy to see these criminals being apprehended and deported.  The “get tough” approach is being more widely accepted.  I think this is very good news!

Although the above article takes the bleeding heart approach, it does report on some interesting details of the raid that didn’t show up in the initial report.  Here’s my favorite:

One worker caught in Monday’s sweep at the plant said fellow workers applauded as immigrants were taken into custody. Federal officials said a tip from a union member prompted them to start investigating several years ago.

And the article closes with this:

Gov. Haley Barbour recently signed a law requiring Mississippi employers to use a U.S. Homeland Security system to check new workers’ immigration status.

Under the law, a company found guilty of employing illegal immigrants could lose public contracts for three years and the right to do business in Mississippi for a year.

The law also makes it a felony for an illegal immigrant to accept a job in Mississippi. A message was left with the district attorney’s office after hours seeking comment on whether he would use the law to bring state charges against Howard Industries or the workers.

Someone needs to make an example of one of these crooked, anti-American corporations sometime, somewhere.  Once that happens, it’ll quickly become very tough for an illegal to find a job anywhere and we’ll finally be rid of this menace. 



Immigration Raid on Iowa Meatpacking Plant

May 13, 2008

I see similar reports every day.  We need much, much more of this.  With illegal immigrants entering the country at a rate of about 2,000 per day, we’ll never catch them all at this rate.  However, if employers start getting the message that employing cheap, illegal labor will catch up with them, then the biggest driving force for illegal immigration will slowly evaporate. 

We don’t need immigration reform.  We already have all the laws we need.  We just need much more enforcement like this.  Beyond that, what we need is an understanding that even legal immigration is hurting Americans by maintaining labor in a constant state of over-supply. 

The packing plant has attracted workers from Mexico, Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere.

This illustrates that illegal immigration isn’t just a southern border problem.  ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is far too lax about enforcing visas.  Those who over-stay should quickly be hunted down and apprehended. 

Nathaniel Popper, a journalist who has written about Agriprocessors for The Jewish Daily Forward, based in New York, said the raid could disrupt the supply of kosher meat.

“This could have a big impact on the supply of kosher meat in America,” Popper said in an interview. “Over the next several days, that’s going to be the big question for people in the Jewish community who keep kosher.”

Leave it to USAToday to come up with some ridiculous counter-point.  As if this meat-packing plant would rather shut down than simply hire American workers.  If they can’t make a pofit while employing Americans, then they deserve to be shut down.  There are plenty of others (meat-packers) ready to take up the slack. 

Those arrested were being held at a fairgrounds in Waterloo, Iowa, and in local jails. A total of 16 local, state and federal agencies, led by ICE, joined the investigation that began last October. They include the U.S. Marshals Service, the Iowa Department of Public Safety, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.

It’s heartening to see this kind of inter-agency cooperation.  We don’t need immigration reform.  We need more of the above.

According to an affidavit, “approximately 76% of the 968 employees of Agriprocessors were using false or fraudulent Social Security numbers in connection with their employment.”

So much for the argument that illegal immigrants are just good, honest, hard-working folk who are no threat to Americans.

Pour it on, ICE!  Keep these raids coming!