WORKERS’ STORIES

“Criminalizing undocumented workers will not stop people from hiring them. It only makes them more exploitable.”

Source: The Progressive: Workplace Raids Are Not the Answer “A third of a century with the Immigration Reform and Control Act’s employer sanctions should teach us one thing: criminalizing undocumented labor is not the answer. Labor abuses run rampant in the poultry industry, fueled by an economic system that is accountable only to the owners […]

Koch Foods undocumented poultry workers were actively recruited to be exploited- they were sexually harassed and hit on the job, then arrested for reporting abuses.

“By the 1990s, businesses began aggressively recruiting Latin American immigrants to fill their labor needs, luring them to rural Mississippi from places such as El Paso and Miami. One company, since acquired by Koch Foods, dubbed the campaign the “Hispanic Project,” which resulted in a 1,000 percent increase in Scott County’s Latino population, where two […]

“Low-Wage Legacies, Race, and the Golden Chicken in Mississippi: Where Contemporary Immigration Meets African American Labor History” by Angela Steusse

Angela Steusse traces the history of the Scott County, MS poultry industry in this article: 1950s: Only white workers worked in the plants. 1960s: As white workers sought better jobs and pay, black workers were integrated into the industry and given the worst jobs at a lower pay1970s-80s: Black workers organized into unions to fight for better […]

“As workplace raids multiply, Trump administration charges few companies”

The Washington Post article demonstrates the real purpose of the employers sanctions provision of the Immigration Reform and Control Act. It is NOT to deter immigration or the hiring of undocumented workers. The article reveals that Trump’s companies have consistently employed undocumented workers. Rather, the TRUE purpose is to strip undocumented workers of all their […]

“Criminalizing Immigrants Hurts All Workers as IRCA Turns 30” by Angela Steusse

“Nothing short of decriminalizing the employment of undocumented workers will encourage fair and transparent labor practices. You can help create workplaces in which labor rights are respected by supporting comprehensive immigration reform that decouples our country’s immigration and employment laws. This won’t just help immigrants; by eliminating the shadow economy that augments corporations’ undue power […]

Mississippi ICE Raids Targeted Workers Who Fought for Better Conditions

Aug 7, Morton, MS- ICE Arrests 680 Workers in MS Poultry farms after UFCW Union Organized Workers at a Plant to Win $3.5 Million in a Sexual Harassment Settlement “These raids send a real signal to immigrant workers not to speak up, and we feel like these raids enable employers in the most dangerous industry […]

“Trump Wants to Transform Immigrant Communities Into a Permanent, Hyper-Exploited Underclass”

“What appear to be inefficiencies in the Trump administration’s (avowed) immigration enforcement policy have nevertheless served to effectively secure and amplify the subordination of a great domestic underclass. “As for extended border control deportation,” Daniel Kanstroom writes in Deportation Nation, “history shows how poorly that system has actually worked. It has functioned primarily as a labor […]

How one group of the underclass is swapped for another: Prisons Lease Convicts as Field Laborers as Anti-Immigration Policies Intesify

“As current anti-immigrant policies diminish the supply of migrant workers (both documented and undocumented), farmers are not able to find the labor they need. So, in states such as Arizona, Idaho, and Washington that grow labor-intensive crops like onions, apples, and tomatoes, prison systems have responded by leasing convicts to growers desperate for workers.” This […]

Case Farms- “One of the most dangerous companies in the U.S. took advantage of immigrant workers. Then, when they got hurt or fought back, it used America’s laws against them.”

Canton, OH- ” Case Farms has built its business by recruiting some of the world’s most vulnerable immigrants, who endure harsh and at times illegal conditions that few Americans would put up with. When these workers have fought for higher pay and better conditions, the company has used their immigration status to get rid of […]

Pomona College, a liberal campus, uses employers sanctions to fire dining hall employees during unionizing drive

Claremont, CA- Dining hall workers at Pomona college worked at the college campus for years, some for decades. It was only until they started to unionize that the college used employers’ sanctions to start firing the workers. Read more from the NY Times article here.