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The Recent MS ICE Raids & Big Ag's Exploitation of Immigrant Workers

Rogelio V. Solis, AP
Domingo Candelaria, a registered immigrant, shows federal agents his identification at the Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton, Miss., following a raid by U.S. immigration officials, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the recent ICE raids in Mississippi. 680 immigrant workers were arrested across seven poultry processing plants owned by five major corporations, including Koch Foods, one of the largest chicken producers in the US.

It was the largest immigration sting in over a decade. Meat processing companies depend on undocumented immigrants for labor, yet they continue to compromise their safety and health protections. What needs to change?



Angela Stuesse, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, author of Scratching Out a Living: Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South

Debbie Berkowitz, Worker Health and Safety Program Director at the National Employment Law Project

Web Resources:

AP: Largest US immigration raids in a decade net 680 arrests

Slate: After ICE

Washington Post: The poultry industry recruited them. Now ICE raids are devastating their communities.

Longreads: How the American Meat Industry Exploits Undocumented Laborers

Pew Research Center, Hispanic Trends