Meat plant workers sue Homeland Security Department over raids

By DIANNE SOLS / The Dallas Morning News dsolis@dallasnews.com Workers at Swift & Co. Full Story
Richard

Lansdale, PA

#1 May 18, 2008
An attorney who interviewed detainees learned that Agriprocessors obtained false identification for immigrant workers, improperly withheld money from employees' paychecks for "immigration fees," did not allow workers to use the restroom during 10-hour shifts, physically abused workers and didn't compensate them for overtime work, according to the lawsuit.

As victims of alleged crimes, the workers would be eligible for certain visas that would let them gain legal status, the suit said. Some of the arrested workers have spouses and children that are U.S. citizens and could be eligible for immigration relief because of their family ties, according to the suit.

The suit noted that a number of immigrant workers' children have been stranded with baby sitters and other caretakers as a result of the raid.
She Be Me

AOL

#2 May 18, 2008
If this is true and they were "abused" why did the Illegal aliens keep going back there day in and day out to work there?

Something is not right here.
Richard

Lansdale, PA

#3 May 18, 2008
Texas officials sue US over border fence
By SUZANNE GAMBOA 1 day ago

WASHINGTON (AP) Texas mayors and business leaders filed a class-action lawsuit Friday alleging Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff hoodwinked landowners into waiving their property rights for construction of a fence along the Mexican border.

Members of the Texas Border Coalition said Chertoff did not fairly negotiate compensation with landowners for access to their land for six-month surveys to choose fence sites. The coalition of mayors and business and community leaders is seeking an injunction to block work on the fence.

They also want a federal judge to rescind all the agreements with landowners and to order Chertoff to start again. The department has sought and won access from hundreds of landowners to determine where to build the fence and other barriers to illegal border crossings.

The coalition's attorney, Peter Schey, said Chertoff violated a 1996 immigration law that requires fair negotiation with landowners.

The lawsuit also names Robert Janson, director of Asset Management at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as a defendant.

It was filed with U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, a Bush nominee who presided in the criminal case of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff.

"They hoodwinked property owners" into waiving their property rights, Schey said.

"This whole thing has been built on a foundation of lawlessness," he said.

Landowners were visited by officials from Homeland Security, Army Corps of Engineers and Customs and Border Patrol. But the government didn't send anyone to advise the owners' of their property rights, Schey said. Some landowners accepted offers of $100 for access to their land.

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jE_bOUpQb6...
Biker Mom

Woodbridge, VA

#4 May 18, 2008
After the Wash Post article on legal immigrants being burned out of wages, I did some checking.

It is illegal for a company to not pay a legal OR ILLEGAL immigrant for time worked.

So, we can nail companies on two ends -

1 - fines for hiring illegals

2 - fines for not paying them properly

So to any compamny who hires illegals in order to try and paw lower wages. You can get nailed twice!

Hire legals!
Bren

Elizabeth, PA

#5 May 18, 2008
The illegal invaders ALWAYS try to sue----and they always lose!!!

Here is what I think is hilarious......The illegal invader supporters were always saying that parents should not be kept in detention for "humanitarian reasons". However, ICE has now become VERY smart regarding this-----they now send them home with ankle monitors!!!!!

Yes we can illegals-----we can FORCE you out of our country!!!
NE Red

United States

#6 May 18, 2008
You may want to read
Dramatic immigration raid jars a small town, Washington Post
msnbc.com

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