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Another Immigration Raid at a Smithfield Plant

posted on January 26, 2007

More than 20 meatpacking workers were arrested by immigration officers this week at a Smithfield Foods plant in North Carolina. The workers were arrested on administrative immigration charges, which officials say can include being in the country illegally or overstaying a work visa.

Smithfield officials say they received a one day notice of the impending visit and, on the advice of immigration officials, conducted an employee records review. Smithfield found about 500 to 600 workers had unverifiable information and about 50 of those were fired. About half the workers arrested Wednesday had been identified by the company as not having identification credentials that could be verified.

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