I guess this puts a wrench in the Left’s argument that ‘illegals are only filling jobs Americans don’t want’ . . .
BTW: Shouldn’t the local authorities (hell, CONGRESS) be looking into the claim by illegals that Unions promised them if they joined they wouldn’t be rounded up (that they’d be protected)?
Job seekers have been lining up at the Howard Industries electronics plant in Laurel, Miss., where federal agents on Monday arrested 595 suspected illegal immigrants. The workers came from several Central and South American nations — the list includes Brazil, El Salvador, Mexico and Peru — as well as Germany.
The local paper, the Laurel Leader-Call, has pulled several threads from the developing story.
Employees inside the plant say Immigration and Customs Enforcement was tipped off after friction between the union and immigrant workers. Union workers told the paper that immigrants sometimes got as much as 40 hours a week in overtime. Immigrants, meanwhile, reported the union pressured them into joining by saying that a raid was coming and that union members wouldn’t be taken.
Howard posted a sign last week, before the raid, saying it would be hiring. As news of the raid spread, local people began applying. With unemployment in the county at 6.5 percent — lower than the statewide rate of 8.5 percent — one economist told the Leader-Call the region has something of a labor shortage.
Rest Here: NPR
Here’s more on the Union’s tactics:
The immigrant, who was not caught in the raid because he works the night shift, spoke on the condition that he be identified only by his first name, Jose, because he was concerned about being detained.
“The union uses the tactic of saying immigration was coming and the members of the union would not be taken,” he said through a translator.
Jose said he did not join the union because he wasn’t convinced it would come to his side if he were detained, and he felt his dues would not be returned.
At least eight of the workers caught in the raid face criminal charges for allegedly using false Social Security and residency identification.
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