US immigration agents arrest 62 at pork plant
US federal immigration agents have arrested 62
sanitation workers at a Cargill pork plant in Beardstown,
Identity theft charges (13) and illegal immigrant issues (49) were the main
reason for the arrests, immigration officials
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) said those arrested were sanitation workers employed by Quality Service
Integrity, hired by Cargill.
The raid prompted calls from the meat
industry for changes in federal immigration laws to make it easier to hire
The arrests disrupted meat production for
approximately three hours.
Cargill employs about
2,200 people at the plant, which can slaughter about 18,000 hogs a day. The
company is the fourth-largest pork producer in the USA, according to industry
Cargill is the third major meat processor to get a visit
from ICE in the last four months. In December, agents arrested hundreds of
employees at Swift & Co plants in six states. A month later, ICE rounded up
21 workers at a Smithfield slaughterhouse in North
â€¢ Swift & Co.
â€¢ US Immigration and Customs
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