Immigration

Are We Great Yet?

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted a workplace raid at a collection of chicken processing plants in Mississippi yesterday evening, sweeping up hundreds of humans who were just doing their jobs, living their lives, and minding their own business.

At least 680 people were arrested during the raids at the chicken plants outside Jackson, Mississippi where the undocumented employees were committing the mortal sin of preparing chicken for America's dinner tables and paying payroll taxes.

From USA Today:

About 600 agents fanned out across the plants involving several companies, surrounding the perimeters to prevent workers from fleeing. They occurred in small towns near Jackson with a workforce made up largely of Latino immigrants, including Bay Springs, Carthage, Canton, Morton, Pelahatchie and Sebastapol. [...]

Agents arrived at the Morton plant, passing a chain-link fence with barbed wire on top, with a sign that said the company was hiring. Mike Hurst, the U.S. attorney for Mississippi, was at the scene.

Workers had their wrists tied with plastic bands and were told to deposit personal belongings in clear plastic bags. Agents collected the bags before they boarded buses.

“This will affect the economy,” Maria Isabel Ayala, a child care worker for plant employees, said as the buses left. “Without them here, how will you get your chicken?

Indeed, how will you get your chicken?

That's obviously not the most immediate concern when hundreds of adults are separated from their children and families, but it's not as if there's nearly 700 other people lined up to fill these jobs now that Trump's racial gestapo has purged the plants of undesirable humans.

ICE agents passed by a sign that read 'now hiring' on their way to arrest hundreds of workers because the plants cannot fill every available position even if they accept undocumented workers.

Every red hat-wearing Trump voter in Mississippi who has ever claimed that immigrants 'took our jobs' should be lined up for these jobs, right?

The Trump regime apparently had no plan in place to handle the children of the undocumented workers they arrested yesterday evening. Neighbors and good samaritans reportedly did what they could on their own.

In Forest, Mississippi, strangers and neighbors volunteered to take children with nowhere to go after their parents were detained at a local gym for the night, according to CNN affiliate WJTV. Volunteers distributed donated food and drinks. But according to WJTV, most children sobbed rather than ate.

"I need my dad ... he's not a criminal," one little girl cried as she spoke with the network outside the gym. [...]

Brittany Reynoso said she came to the parking lot in case members of her church had gotten caught up in the raid. She wanted them to see a familiar face if they were released from custody.

"It's definitely a ghost town. It is so empty. I've never seen Morton or Forest or any of the surrounding areas look so empty during the day," she said. "It is horrible. And I honestly don't think these communities will make it without them. because they really and truly are the backbone of what's keeping this town afloat."

Are we great yet?

  • waspuppet

    … it’s not as if there’s nearly 700 other people lined up to fill these jobs now that Trump’s racial gestapo has purged the plants of undesirable humans.

    Don’t be silly — people can come from New Mexico or D.C. or Arizona or the Detroit area to work in a chicken plant in Mississippi for lousy wages.

    And if they don’t, the plants can move to high unemployment areas. And maybe raise their wages a bit to compete. The whole process will only require millions of people and thousands of companies to move across multiple state lines and should be finished in a few decades.

    No, seriously. These people have been talking to me for like 40 years and the ones who aren’t out-and-out racists, this is really what they think.

  • Draxiar

    The cruelty is the point. These motherfuckers need to go to jail.

  • ozdog

    yes, i can just hear the trump cultists now – “if they hadn’t come here illegally, they would not have been arrested and taken away from their children. so the children being left without care is their fault, not the brave ICE agents who are just doing their jobs!”

    • Draxiar

      Don’t you just love the Auschwitz excuse (“They told me to”, “Just following orders”, “I’m not a bad person I’m just doing my job”)? To anyone that says that I say that we do not have a difference in opinion, we have a difference in morality.

  • Nefercat

    Gee, media, tell us again how important it was to go on and on and on and on and on and on about how three emails out of tens of thousands were reclassified after the fact with a small c and that made electing Hillary a clear and present danger to the country.

    Tell us again how that was so much more important than focusing on in depth investigative journalism (not that it would have taken much investigating; a ten year old and google could have done the job for you) of the character flaws, foreign entanglements, and cruelty of trump.

    Tell us again how the made up (not one actually true) scandals ascribed to Hillary were worse than the actual documented trump scandals.

    This latest trump gestapo round up is beyond cruel. I am not sure where the words are to describe it. I can honestly not think of one redeeming thing about the monster installed in the white house, not one.

    Bush II and Laura raised two daughters who apparently turned out to be kind and decent adults. Bush I put his life on the line for this country during WWII. Nixon signed the EPA. Reagan and Nancy managed to raise a couple of impressive children. Ford was proud of his feminist wife and loved her dearly. And so on. The monster in the White House right now? Nothing. He is incapable of humanity.

  • muselet

    “I need my dad … he’s not a criminal,” one little girl cried as she spoke with the network outside the gym.

    Stephen Miller just popped a chubby, and I apologize for the mental image.

    Destroying the economy of an area of a Red state (!) for no real reason other than to cause fear in vulnerable people is performative cruelty at its most repellent.

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    I hate this. I hate the people that voted for this and I hate this.

    Every time I meet or some fool that couldn’t vote for Hillary because she was “just as bad” I have to fight the urge to scream, roll my eyes and throw something. How the fuck could you not vote against this?!

    I desperately hope the next President is a Democrat and that HER (hopefully) first act will be to dissolve ICE from existence.

    • Nefercat

      Going forward, anyone hired for any immigration related position should have to undergo extensive psychological testing to ascertain their attitudes toward vulnerable populations.

      • Aynwrong

        Isn’t there a test for identifying psychopaths?

        • Nefercat

          Yes.