From the very early days of American sovereignty, illegal aliens have flooded the United States in order to find better wages. This is not a new problem for America, yet it is currently one of the major reasons why the country's citizens have suffered wage suppression for decades.
American corporations have long feigned ignorance when it comes to the unlawful and unethical practice of knowingly hiring illegal aliens.
Koch Foods, the largest of the food processing facilities in Mississippi, has had a long history of willfully hiring illegal aliens dating back to the 1980s. This was done in direct violation of the law and resulted in a sort of preferential treatment of illegals over American workers.
When they were raided by ICE agents just last month, the media announced it as if all Hell had broken loose. Yet now, Koch Foods is hitting back with a major lawsuit, charging the federal government with “illegally” busting them on this criminal practice.
Food processing corporation Koch Foods Inc. is suing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency after raids which they say were “illegal,” claiming that they did not knowingly hire unauthorized workers.
Last month, ICE agents conducted the largest workplace raid in more than a decade across five food processing plants in Mississippi, netting the arrests of 680 illegal aliens. That same day, though, ICE officials said they released about 300 of the illegal workers back into the U.S. on “humanitarian grounds” while more than 200 of the illegal workers had prior criminal records. Prosecutors say many of the illegal workers stole Americans’ identities to work at the plants.
In a legal motion against ICE, Koch Foods executives claim that ICE officials did not have substantial evidence to indicate that the food processing plant in Morton, Mississippi employed illegal workers and therefore the raids were illegal.
Koch Foods executives also say that there is no evidence to support that they intentionally hired illegal workers.
Notice the bait and switch here. Koch Foods claims that it didn't “knowingly” hire illegals and…”Well, you can't prove it anyways!”
Years ago, when I was a restaurant manager working for one of a few major food chains across the country, I witnessed firsthand the damage of this devious practice. Nearly 100% of every back of the house staff (cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers and bussers) were illegals…and not just because I had intimate knowledge of such through records filed in the office, but also because many of them admitted such to me as they feared being deported when George W. Bush was president and believed the media reports that he was anti-illegal.
Typically, the situation occurred like this. Pedro Feliciano would apply for a job and be hired. After hiring, he worked diligently until, just about a month later, an email would be received by the restaurant from home office that claimed Pedro's name did not match the Social Security Number. “Please ask for the number again to verify that it was recorded correctly upon hiring.”
The manager would ask Pedro to present his card and the numbers matched. When approached about the no-match status, Pedro would cease showing up for work afterwards. Within a month or so following Pedro's exit, Juan Rodriguez would show up and present the very same Social Security Number, claim he was Pedro's cousin, but that everyone should call him Raymondo.
This pattern was repeated ad nauseum…literally for years. Upper management knew about this, yet continued to hire these people. It was more than obvious to me that the Social Security Numbers had been stolen.
This practice continues unabated today. Nearly 70% of the American restaurant industry (Chinese restaurants have also been in bed with this practice for years now) are peopled with illegal aliens from Central and South America. It's a fact and anyone who believes that these restaurants are doing so with full faith that they are hiring legal residents is lying.
By Koch Foods employing this aggressive posture and litigious attitude, they are priming the surface for a litany of new similar lawsuits to come by the many thousands of companies across the country who will soon be visited…and raided…by ICE agents.
Mark my words.