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    Americans Apply for Jobs at Koch Foods After ICE Raid

    Americans Apply for Jobs at Koch Foods After ICE Raid | Breitbart
    Neil Munro
    7-8 minutes

    Roughly 150 locals attended an August 12 job fair to apply for jobs at the Koch Foods’ plants in Mississippi.

    The fair was run after the August 7 removal of 243 alleged illegal migrants in two of the company’s chicken processing plants, according to local authorities.

    The local Jackson Clarion-Ledger newspaper reported 25 to 30 people went to the job fair in Forest, Mississippi. The report said:
    Kamerio Whitley, a resident of the nearby town of Morton, spoke to reporters after he left the building. He said there were several positions available at the plant, including forklift operators.

    Whitley said he applied for a job working at the plant’s rehang table, where workers hang frozen chickens.

    The job starts at $12 an hour, which is decent pay for the area, Whitley said. “That’s not bad to start, and it can always go up,” he said.
    The company is also trying to hire workers with online ads. Local officials made sure the hiring process complied with federal hiring regulations, according to WAPT 16.

    Koch Foods is not part of the Koch brothers’ network of energy companies.

    “By 10 a.m., a crowd of dozens was on hand … Most were black and spoke with accents from the American South. A few appeared white or Hispanic,” AP reported. The news service continued:
    The 25-year-old [Eddie Nicholson] has worked in chicken plants before and was considering a return, but wanted to see if wages had gone up. Plants in recent years have typically paid $11 to $12 an hour, according to labor statistics, but Nicholson said he wants $15 an hour.

    Like Nicholson, many who applied Monday were chicken plant veterans. They understand the arduous and sometimes dangerous work of slaughtering, butchering and packaging chicken, from hanging up live chickens, to pulling off skin, to cutting with super-sharp knives, to boxing up chicken, much of it done in near-freezing temperatures. The line moves fast and people repeat the same motions over and over.

    “It’s definitely hard,” said Cedric Griffith of Magee, who said he’s been working at McDonald’s after getting fired from another chicken processor for missing too many days. “You’re going to lose of lot of weight. Nine times out of 10, when that week is over, you’re tired.”
    The area’s unemployment is high, and the wages are low.

    From 2000 to 2009, the labor-force participation rate in Mississippi dropped by 9 percent, according to an August 8 report from Krikorian’s CIS. The drop from 78 percent to 69 percent leaves 494,000 U.S.-born adults out of the workforce in 2019, said the report, titled “The Employment Situation of Immigrants and Natives in the First Quarter of 2019.”

    Federal data from 2018 shows that half of the meat cutters in the state were being paid less than $12.23 per hour.

    But wages have spiked upwards for Americans when employers were forced to give up their illegal workforces. Enforcement actions aided African-American bakers in Chicago and Somali refugees in Iowa and throughout the Midwest after the 2006 enforcement at the Swift & Co. meatpacking company.

    AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka sides with the illegal migrants at the Miss. meatpackers, b/c progressives control the labor movement. https://t.co/91hVR6ZqtB

    — Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) August 10, 2019

    Also, the processing firms have been under pressure to raise wages in President Donald Trump’s go-go economy. In May, for example, Sanderson Farms offered $15 an hour wage to workers after June 2. “Sanderson Farms has about 15,000 workers in Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Texas. About 13,000 [earn] hourly wages,” AP reported.

    But MSNBC’s correspondent Marian Atencio suggested that only Latinos can do the slaughterhouse jobs, saying, “This is pretty grueling work at these poultry plants and … poultry is an industry that has become — as many of these industries that rely on low skilled workers — dependent on Latin American immigration.”

    However, at least two U.S. poultry plants are investing in European made-made machinery to make their legal workforces more productive. The extra productivity will allow the worker to do more work and get paid more. In Frederick, Pa., Bell & Evans is using machinery made by a Dutch firm, Myen, to build a 560,000-square-foot which can process 2.6 million birds per week. In Harrisonburg, Shenandoah Valley Organic is working with Meyn to upgrade its 65,000-square-foot facility.



    JBS, a huge Bazilian-owned meat processor, has already developed advanced meat processing technology for use in labor-short Australia.



    Immigration Numbers:

    Each year, roughly four million young Americans join the workforce after graduating from high school or university. This total includes roughly 800,000 Americans who graduate with skilled degrees in business or health care, engineering or science, software or statistics.

    But the federal government then imports about 1.1 million legal immigrants and refreshes a resident population of roughly 1.5 million white-collar visa workers — including approximately 1 million H-1B workers and spouses — plus roughly 500,000 blue-collar visa workers.

    The government also prints out more than one million work permits for foreigners, tolerates about eight million illegal workers, and does not punish companies for employing the hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants who sneak across the border or overstay their legal visas each year.

    This policy of inflating the labor supply boosts economic growth for investors because it transfers wages to investors and ensures that employers do not have to compete for American workers by offering higher wages and better working conditions.

    This policy of flooding the market with cheap, foreign, white-collar graduates and blue-collar labor also shifts enormous wealth from young employees towards older investors, even as it also widens wealth gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, and hurts children’s schools and college educations.

    The cheap-labor economic strategy also pushes Americans away from high-tech careers and sidelines millions of marginalized Americans, including many who are now struggling with fentanyl addictions.

    The labor policy also moves business investment and wealth from the heartland to the coastal cities, explodes rents and housing costs, shrivels real estate values in the Midwest, and rewards investors for creating low-tech, labor-intensive workplaces.

    Joe Biden comes out against worksite enforcement by ICE because they are "cruel policies" for illegal migrants & their children. But enforcement of the nation's worksite laws is vital for Americans and their children — and Americans get to vote in 2020. https://t.co/ZOs0JyQZlw

    — Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) August 9, 2019

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2...fter-ice-raid/

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    might have read before about an ICE raid on a big bakery around Chicago - 800 out of 1200 employees were illegals and were replaced by the new US corporation bakery owners - all replacements certified US citizens - and wages $$$$ went up across the board ...
    Illini Warrior

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    Sending the illegals home allows Americans to be hired and wages to go up and work conditions to improve....

    That is how the American system without illegals works....

    Texican....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texican View Post
    Sending the illegals home allows Americans to be hired and wages to go up and work conditions to improve....

    That is how the American system without illegals works....

    Texican....
    But when are the perp owners and managers who knowingly hired all those people going to be arrested and put in jail?

    Oh, I forgot, they are a "protected class" they just have to "promise to do better next time."

    Which is what they said in the early 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and again now when the raids picked up.

    I am delighted Americans are able to apply for the jobs (proving they are out there if they get actual and not starvation wages for dirty and hard work) but I am getting very tired of the management almost always getting a pass.
    expatriate Californian living in rural Ireland with husband, dogs, horses. garden and many, many cats

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melodi View Post
    But when are the perp owners and managers who knowingly hired all those people going to be arrested and put in jail?

    Oh, I forgot, they are a "protected class" they just have to "promise to do better next time."

    Which is what they said in the early 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and again now when the raids picked up.

    I am delighted Americans are able to apply for the jobs (proving they are out there if they get actual and not starvation wages for dirty and hard work) but I am getting very tired of the management almost always getting a pass.
    Follow the money...
    A socialist will trample over one hundred poor people just for the chance to throw a rock at a rich man.

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    No huge fine $$$$ or mandatory shut down for having that many illegals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warthog View Post
    No huge fine $$$$ or mandatory shut down for having that many illegals?

    the Euro owners of the Chicago bakery I mentioned got dinged like a cool $1 Million in fines - got closed down until they fixed the employee problem ....
    Illini Warrior

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melodi View Post
    But when are the perp owners and managers who knowingly hired all those people going to be arrested and put in jail?

    Oh, I forgot, they are a "protected class" they just have to "promise to do better next time."

    Which is what they said in the early 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and again now when the raids picked up.

    I am delighted Americans are able to apply for the jobs (proving they are out there if they get actual and not starvation wages for dirty and hard work) but I am getting very tired of the management almost always getting a pass.
    Employers get away with hiring illegals because employers are *not* required to check their citizenship/work status. E-verify is up & running in every state, but it is not mandatory for companies to use it. Should a new employee present what looks like a good SS card & proof of residence, an employer may never know, unless the SS Admin notifies him of a false card.

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    They have President Trump to thank for the job.

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    So wait, illegals are not doing the jobs Americans won't do? They are doing the jobs Americans will do, just much cheaper.
    "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."

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    Quote Originally Posted by EYW View Post
    So wait, illegals are not doing the jobs Americans won't do? They are doing the jobs Americans will do, just much cheaper.
    Yep, and people in the know have been saying this since the 1970s (or as long as I've been following this) I've written many times about my former housemate that quit a well-paying accounting job when the large Central Valley company he was working for told him:

    "Your new job assignment is to make our illegal workers look legal on paper, we have decided that hiring Americans to do the harvesting work is simply too expensive and we can't afford them anymore."

    He thought about this for about 24 hours and then gave notice....

    Oh and I was working for the US Attorney's office during a past "purge" of illegal workers was put on as a public show - lots of working Mothers (mostly businesswomen) got the book thrown at them for illegal nannies or housekeepers, a lot of small businesses got fined or in trouble for the illegal cook, janitor or counter help but very few large employers were targeted in any way and the few that were tended to be "show raids" where the factory was warned and the kids just "happened" to be outside so there would TV sets full of parents in handcuffs and crying kids (sound familiar?)

    The two obvious propaganda messages were: "Don't complain or we will target individuals and small business," along with "you don't really want to put these factories out of business do you and besides 'think of the children' left behind."

    I think one chicken factory did get busted but they were actually running buses South of the Border and hiring people in Mexico then transporting them to work in US factories, that one was a bit too much even for the Government/Corporate alliance to give a public pass too, privately I suspect it still happens.
    expatriate Californian living in rural Ireland with husband, dogs, horses. garden and many, many cats

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    Just remember. "Fundamentally change America."

    One immigrant at a time.

    Immigrants no matter their education/background are

    Paid less than Americans for equivalent work.
    Tolerate work conditions worse than Americans.
    Are resistant to Union forming action (a suitable counterbalance to company abuse)
    Require less overhead of medical insurance/401K IRA matching
    Are less willing to report abuses by an employer.
    Are more willing to work below minimum wage/overtime/hours beyond a mandated maximum for the work (i.e. truck drivers)

    Owner recently bought a log splitter from Amazon as a "broken box sale." Owner seeks out the "good buys" when he can.

    The large size box/pallet was delivered by two hombres in a rental panel truck. No lift gate, no way to move the pallet. One hombre spoke broken English, the other nodded agreeingly.

    Delivery scheduled between 3 and 6 p.m. One assumes the Hombres had MANY deliveries to make that day and coming from the city probably got an early start - one assumes 6 a.m.

    Just before 6 p.m. the speaking Hombre called Owner on his cell phone "I won't be there on time but I can be there by 7:30 p.m?" Owner agreed to the drop.

    At 7:29 the truck backs down the driveway and Owner had ramps and the friendly large horse to pull the pallet down the ramp. Much comment from both drivers about the "Caballo" and its use. The non-English speaking hombre actually knew horses and approached my 17 hands without trepedation. "Caballo hermoso," he said admiringly.

    It appeared at least one other delivery was in the truck. ONe assumes the Hombres were heading for yet another 16 hour day?

    Work Americans won't do? MOre like abuse Americans won't take.

    Dobbin
    Last edited by Dobbin; 08-14-2019 at 07:50 AM.
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    Jobs that Americans don't want?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Green Co. View Post
    Employers get away with hiring illegals because employers are *not* required to check their citizenship/work status. E-verify is up & running in every state, but it is not mandatory for companies to use it. Should a new employee present what looks like a good SS card & proof of residence, an employer may never know, unless the SS Admin notifies him of a false card.
    It's worse than that. It's considered *discrimination* to double check paperwork on an employee because they don't speak English, have the same name as 17 others, or otherwise hint to any thinking person that they might not be here legally. IIRC, quite a few years back, some employers were actually sued because of it. Absolutely idiotic.

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