Two of Koch Foods’ processing plants were raided in Mississippi by ICE, and over 600 illegal immigrants were detained. It was the largest immigration raid in U.S. history, and it caught the company off guard. Monday they sent out an announcement on social media that they would host a job fair to replace all of the illegal immigrants who were swept up in the raid.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had these small towns on their target list where a large number of illegal Latino immigrants worked and lived in Morton and Pelahatchie. Other plants were raided as well such as Peco Foods Inc. in Canton, Sebastopol, and Bay Springs. PH Food in Morton and Pearl River Foods in Carthage were also on the target list. A total of 680 illegal immigrants were arrested, and by the next day, there were over 300 released to appear before judges on their set court dates.

None of the illegal immigrants will be able to go back to work for months while they are waiting for their court dates. The job fair was set to replace all the workers they lost, and everyone who shows up will have to show two forms of identification and prove they are citizens before they can apply for any position. Something which is the law before hiring anyone, both the companies and the illegal immigrants who worked there are to blame.

The snowflake liberals were not too far behind trying to make the situation look worse than what it really was. On the video, ICE did everything by the book. No one was abused, and everyone was treated with dignity, so there was nothing but a child who they had to exploit on camera to try and make people feel guilty. It is a bad situation for the children who have to see their parents taken away, but what most may not have caught onto in the video is why were all the children at the plant where their parents worked? Something smells like the Liberal Democrats are at it again. Everyone knows the kids cannot go to a food processing plant with their parents while they are working.

Koch Foods’ main office is based in Park Ridge, Illinois, and has around 13,000 employees. They are one of the largest producers of poultry in the United States and has processing plants in Alabama, Mississippi, Illinois, Georgia, Tennesse, and Ohio. There are no ties or relations between David and Charles Koch, who are heavy conservative donors.

There were no charges for those responsible for hiring unauthorized workers, but it does not rule out the fact the employers who did the hiring will be investigated by ICE and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Mississippi. HSI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Jere Miles told reporters in a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Mississippi, “HSI’s (Homeland Security Investigations) worksite enforcement efforts are equally focused on aliens who unlawfully seek work in the U.S. as well as the employers who knowingly hire them.”

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, it is a civil offense to hire illegal immigrants. Big and small businesses alike can suffer the consequences when this law is broken. The penalty can be as much as $9,472 per employee on a first-time offense. Second and third offenses can go higher, and the employers will get slapped with criminal charges and jail time if there is a pattern of illegal immigrants within their company.

Koch Foods put out the statement through company spokesman Jim Gilliand, “Koch Foods screens employees through the federal government database E-Verify. The company relies on temporary workers vetted through a third-party service.” They also had a lawsuit wherein 2018, the company had to pay concessions and $3.75 million to 11 Hispanic workers at its Morton plant for two discrimination lawsuits. The battle lasted eight years in the courtroom.

Companies in Mississippi must follow the law and use the E-Verify database to go through each applicant with a fine-tooth comb. Violations of this law in Mississippi can lead up to a five-year prison sentence and from one to ten thousand dollars in fines for each violation. If the employers are found to be guilty in this investigation, then a total amount for the fine could go as high as $680,000 across the state of Mississippi where the illegal immigrants were hired at the listed plants. Employers feel for the families, but it is a criminal offense.

263 thoughts on “Koch Food Warehouses Raided

  1. I am glad someone is doing there job and following the rule of law.
    I am glad us attorney is following the law the Congress have put into law. I am with Trump on this one.

  2. Shut these places down and fine the company under the rico act. Hiring illegals hurt all of us in more ways than you think. The USA citizens that are looking for work can now be hired. USA first. MAGA

  3. I have worked with predominantly Hispanic employees in my last 3 jobs here in the Phoenix area and each time the English speaking minority of no more than 5% had to endure the morning meetings in Spanish and interpreted in English. I have no racist feelings in my life. I have employeed literally hundreds of Latinos in LA as a contractor and many came with false papers and I would offer to aid them getting clean papers and a green card at my expense if they would take English lessons. I paid them $12.50/hr labor if they had children while other contractors paid $7.50!
    I was let go all three jobs because I went to HR and told them that they had 50% illegals working there and it is not fair t them to live in fear of being caught. When they found out I understood Spanish well they let me go and said I was not keeping up..I am 70yo but can still load and install 40 square roof alone in one week! They did not want to be held accountable! It is the employers all over the States even up north who draw these poor immigrants up into very compromising and dangerous life amongst dominant English! I have more than 150 Hispanic families who I still have contact with after selling them my company in 2008. I love them, they are very teachable and hard workers and I learned as much from them as they did from me….so I financed OUR company which WE had built over 25 years so they could purchase it together! Sad how things get twisted. These warehouses are full of them and they are afraid day by day to be caught and kicked out!! The companies could easily fix it! They want cheap labor and no insurance of accident claims to pay for!

  4. Kudos to ICE. Its about time. Those immigrants that want to come here must be required to follow the correct rules and laws to get here legally. The also should be required to show proof that when they come here they need to bring as skill so they can support themselves and their families without help from the United States government. In other words no freebies. Moochers and deadbeats are a drain on the United States taxpayers that pay the bills.

  5. They don’t feel anything, cheap labor. They hired Mexicans. Left Americans to go on welfare. Fine the hell out of them. Keep up the good work President Trump

  6. Awesome I’m tired of going to a job and being ask do you speak or understand Spanish I ask why are you hiring people that don’t speak english or are not learning English then I’m called a racist . This shows we are taking control of are nation to help everyone fairly have a opportunity to work . This cowardly hiding behind a third party employment and saying corporation has no responsibility is wrong everyone of them including supervisors need to pay a fine.It should be $10,000 a head in the beginning and where the illegals live $20,000 . We have this going on in the oil fields right now third party out of Texas sends illegals to Wyoming to take jobs. Ice we need you now.

  7. so they released 300 to show up for court dates. So now they can run away and not show up. They should have been deported. What about the other illegals? Did they get deported or what?

  8. Sad for the children but the law was broken and the parents must be held accountable. The company that hired the illegals must be held accountable, also. Children are separated from their parents in this country every day.when parents serve in the military and when parents are serving time for breaking the law. Sad but we are a country of laws and they must be enforced.

  9. Chicken plants have bn doing this for years. Go after the ones who hired them. Corrupt ms. Official always turn a blind eye. Corporation always win. CEO of these companies should be fired . They knew

  10. The illegals and their families should have been immediately deported and those responsible for hiring them should be hauled off to jail! The company should be fined the maximum allowed by law and if they commit this crime again, they should be put out of business! I am certain the American citizens in Mississippi would fill the positions.

  11. Finally the LAWS are being enforced..I was wondering how much longer that was going to take…not POTUS’s fault we all know that.

  12. I feel for the families as well, however, we do have to follow the laws of our country. It is also my belief that this kind of behavior (hiring illegals) leads to the droves of illegal immigrants coming to this country. Furthermore, I believe they take jobs from people who are American citizens and in doing so drive down wages. Higher paying jobs is what democrats say they are fighting for when in fact supporting these illegal immigrants coming here, giving them drivers licenses’ is doing just the opposite. Then you have sanctuary states further adding to the migration of illegal immigrants and compounding the problem. I support the wall, I support the raids and I fully support our Great President. I also believe companies SHOULD be held accountable for hiring illegal immigrants! If they choose to use third party companies to do their hiring it is still the companies fault for an illegal being hired!
    Thank You Mr. President for protecting our boarders.
    Roy Campbell.

  13. Still doing catch-and-release? What is the point of arresting these illegals? They will disappear into America, now, making this whole ICE operation useless and expensive. The illegals have MANY, MANY organizations aiding them. The south Texas school district in which I live welcomes them with open arms. The Catholic bishop where I live is spending much of the flock’s money providing lawyers and other aid to illegals.

  14. Any company that gets caught employing illegal immigrants should forfeit their business and never be able to get a business license again. Anyone isn’t their families shouldn’t be allowed to get a business license either. These companies are punishing American taxpaying citizens families with their illegal actions. Also they should be charged the public monies it takes Americans to enforce the laws they have broken.
    Any children born to an illegal immigrant shouldn’t get citizenship and mother and child be deported when they are released from the hospital. PERIOD!!!

  15. It is time to do something about illegals working in our factories and replacing or prohibiting our citizens those jobs. If you want to work and live in my country you have to do legally or not all. My great grandparents came here legally working their way thru our immigration laws. They survived and made a good life for themselves and all their children an grandchildren, if they did it all other immigrants can. If they break our laws to enter, what kind of citizens will they be? Not the kind I want for neighbors or friends. A criminal is a criminal regardless of his/her immigrant status.

  16. My memory recalls the 2006 “operation wagon train” ICE raid of six Swift pork and beef processing plants in five states as being the “Largest ICE raid ever”, replaced later in 2006 with the raid of 41 IFCO Pallet making facilities in 27 states. In both of the aforementioned raids, close 1300 illegals were arrested. I recall my dismay when the ICE website replaced them with the 2008 Agri-processor raid in Postville, IA, where just under 400 illegals were arrested. Nevertheless that became the new headline “Largest raid of its kind” (the designation being changed slightly to reflect that the Agri-processor raid was the largest single site raid to date, despite detaining less than a third of the two previous “largest raids ever”) Now we have a raid with about half of the illegals detained in the two 2006 raids that nabbed 1300 illegals each and it is the new “Largest ICE raid ever”. Methinks someone in ICE is not very good with numbers or has a very bad memory.

  17. I believe that you did the right thing!!! Illegal Immigrants should be shipped back to their country and told that if they want to get back into the U.SA. that they should attain american citizenship legally and prove that they want to be true americans not terroists.

  18. Well it a start now keep going there are millions out there, this should have been done years ago just like the wall if it had been built years ago we wouldnt be having these problems today. Quit letting them into our country so you dont have release them in one of our states. The minute they show uo just say no more allowed go home DO NOT TAKE THEM IN

  19. I’d like to see a follow-up story on employers being arrested, tried and convicted. While we wait for that story, how about a story on past employers whose plants were raided, i.e., how many were arrested, tried and convicted? What were the penalties? How many companies in the past, who were not arrested, are repeat offenders?

    If there were no jobs available to illegal immigrants, the flow across the border would greatly diminish.

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