Consumers have a right to expect that the food they purchase has been processed safely and in accordance with the law. What happens when food production workers are themselves working illegally?
Nov 7, 2019
The Washington Times – Most of the 680 illegal immigrants nabbed in August’s immigration raids at poultry plants in Mississippi worked under stolen American identities, the Department of Homeland Security’s top investigator told Congress Thursday, rebuffing Democrats who insisted the “undocumented” workers were doing no harm.
“They stole the IDs of 400 U.S. citizens,” said Jere Miles, who leads Homeland Security Investigations’ New Orleans office. “Where’s their voice?”
Mr. Miles was defending the Aug. 7 operations against seven processing plants as both a success and a deterrent to future illegal immigrants, battling with Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee who called a field hearing in Mississippi to criticize the raids.
The raids have become a major flashpoint in the immigration debate, with activists complaining that they were conducted cruelly, on the first day of school for the workers’ children, and without warning to local authorities or social welfare agencies.
That left children waiting after class to be picked up by parents who would never show, because they ended up in detention. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did immediately release 303 of the 680 for humanitarian reasons such as young children at home, but some migrants are still in detention and critics said children are still separated.
More galling, according to the Democrats who convened the hearing, is that none of the managers at the poultry processing businesses has been charged.
The federal regulation for poultry processing (21 U.S.C., Title 21, Chap 10.) is 19,687 words long. Considering that many poultry plant workers have been found to be in the United States illegally and working under stolen identities, consumers have to wonder how seriously these poultry plants and their employees take food safety regulations meant to protect consumers.
“You picked on the undocumented persons, to the exclusion of the employers,” said Rep. Al Green, Texas Democrat.
Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and chairman of the committee, said he’s working to make sure the illegal immigrants get paid for the work they did — as illegal as it may have been.
He said he has heard tales of employers who wait to see their workers arrested and then pocket the wages they had promised to pay … Read more.
“It is essential in the public interest that the health and welfare of consumers be protected by assuring that poultry products distributed to them are wholesome, not adulterated, and properly marked, labeled, and packaged. Unwholesome, adulterated, or misbranded poultry products impair the effective regulation of poultry products in interstate or foreign commerce, are injurious to the public welfare, destroy markets for wholesome, not adulterated, and properly labeled and packaged poultry products, and result in sundry losses to poultry producers and processors of poultry and poultry products, as well as injury to consumers.” (21 U.S.C., Title 21, Chap 10., § 451)
IT MATTERS WHO PROCESSES YOUR FOOD: