Probationers fill poultry plant gap left by immigrant workers

Full story: Athens Banner-Herald

When a federal raid last year depleted most of the Crider poultry plant's workers, officials quickly sought out replacement employees, finding a steady supply of workers through the Georgia Department of ...
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Kulturkampf

Lakewood, NJ

#1 Oct 14, 2007
What a racket
Native Amer German Irish

Dayton, OH

#2 Oct 14, 2007
Wow, some common sense solutions, AT LAST!
Betsy Ross

Mesquite, TX

#3 Oct 14, 2007
What?? What ever happened to those in the community being offered jobs that pay, "The jobs pay $6 to $10 an hour, plus a potential $2-an-hour attendance bonus and overtime for more than 40 hours of work a week, according to the department."

“Home In Georgia Now”

Since: Jul 07

The "City of Gold" in Georgia

#4 Oct 14, 2007
I remember this raid. This city is a little hole in the wall size city. When the raid was over the place was almost a ghost town. The locals whined and moaned about how much revenue the "Illegal Aliens" brought to the city (If you can call it that).

An exert from the article explains it:

Since the mid-1990s, Stillmore had grown dependent on the paychecks of Mexican workers who originally came for seasonal farm labor. Many later took year-round jobs at the Crider plant, which had a workforce of about 900.

In May 2006, federal agents began inspecting the company's employment records, finding 700 suspected illegal immigrants. Supervisors that summer gave out letters ordering the workers to prove they came to the U.S. legally or be fired. Only about 100 kept their jobs. Arrests began at the plant in September 2006 and the plant limped along with half its normal workforce.

The population of the metropolis of Stillmore, Georgia.
Males: 406 (55.6%)
Females: 324 (44.4%)

You can not even file papers to incorportate as a city in Georgia with that population. The State needs to finish what it started back n the early 90's. If the city does not provide so many services it loses it charter. They should require more services and add a clause that if the population of any city falls below the number required by law to file for incorporation as a city, the charter of that city is dissolved. It will get rid of places like Whitesburg Georgia, a speed trap known to all of Georgia.

“You think it is ok, so what!”

Since: Jun 07

The freeway or the water

#5 Oct 14, 2007
http://www.macon.com/198/story/160334.html

longer version of the same story!

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#6 Oct 15, 2007
But a human rights group says some of the probationers end up becoming temporary indentured servants unable to work off their debt to society in a reasonable amount of time. Room and board at the center costs $600 a month. Probationers also must pay transportation costs for the 90-minute ride to Crider, medical bills and other expenses.
As usual a great idea and someone is complaining about it. These probationers apparently have broken the law and are paying for it. Deal with it. It's probably the American Criminal Liberties Union...

I'd rather pay an American who is willing to straighten his/her life and keep the earned money in the US than have an illegal work for it, pay hardly any taxes and the wages, and ship it south of the border.
Native Amer German Irish

Dayton, OH

#7 Oct 15, 2007
Fed up Suffolk Taxpayer wrote:
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As usual a great idea and someone is complaining about it. These probationers apparently have broken the law and are paying for it. Deal with it. It's probably the American Criminal Liberties Union...
I'd rather pay an American who is willing to straighten his/her life and keep the earned money in the US than have an illegal work for it, pay hardly any taxes and the wages, and ship it south of the border.
I agree. Straightening out a life that you've screwed up isn't SUPPOSED to be easy, but for those who persist in changing for the better, the success is that much sweeter. For those who can't handle it, back to jail they will go.
Asian Guy

Bangkok, Thailand

#8 Oct 15, 2007
Fed up Suffolk Taxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>
As usual a great idea and someone is complaining about it. These probationers apparently have broken the law and are paying for it. Deal with it. It's probably the American Criminal Liberties Union...
I'd rather pay an American who is willing to straighten his/her life and keep the earned money in the US than have an illegal work for it, pay hardly any taxes and the wages, and ship it south of the border.
I agree 100%.
Dave

Salina, KS

#9 Oct 15, 2007
Atención a todos los inmigrantes ilegales, usted mide el tiempo está para arriba, la gente americana permitirá no más que usted sangre nuestro sistema de seguridad social seco. Los hispanico americanos podrán no más protegerle. Consiga por favor en el primer autobús de nuevo a México y entre nuestro país de nuevo la manera legal. Gracias.
Jrdn

New Almaden, CA

#10 Oct 15, 2007
A - Aggressive
Z - Zealots
T - Touting nothing but
L - Lies and
A - Artificial history from
N - Nowhere
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L - Latin Americans
A - Aggressively

R - Resisting
A - Assimilation who are
Z - Zenophobic bigots with an
A - Agenda of hate
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M - Mexicans
E - Expression of
C - Contempt for
H - Hispanics who
A - Assimilate into American culture
Craig

United States

#11 Oct 16, 2007
American probationers? Now working honest jobs? And where is the problem?

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#12 Oct 16, 2007
Ask the bleeding heart liberals. They seem to be bored and dejected lately since they are not winning the immigration battle.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#13 Oct 16, 2007
Craig wrote:
American probationers? Now working honest jobs? And where is the problem?
Ask the bleeding heart liberals. They seem to be bored and dejected lately since they are not winning the immigration battle.
Craig

United States

#14 Oct 17, 2007
Fed up Suffolk Taxpayer wrote:
Ask the bleeding heart liberals. They seem to be bored and dejected lately since they are not winning the immigration battle.
And weren't we told that these were jobs that Americans "will not do"?

“You think it is ok, so what!”

Since: Jun 07

The freeway or the water

#15 Oct 17, 2007
yes we were told that, we were also told they are simply oppressed people who want only to work to better their families, and we were told to put that tooth under our pillows and the "tooth Fairy" would exchange it for money...
spud

Bangor, PA

#16 Oct 17, 2007
A steady job could be the best way to rehabilitation for these folks. What's the problem? And any business that went under because they depended on illegal customers, well that's too bad isn't it.
Craig

United States

#17 Oct 17, 2007
Fed up Suffolk Taxpayer wrote:
Ask the bleeding heart liberals. They seem to be bored and dejected lately since they are not winning the immigration battle.
And the fact that Americans ARE doing these jobs proves all statements to the contrary to be complete lies.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#18 Oct 18, 2007
Where are all the pro-illegals in this topic? They seem to be.....MIA

ROFL!!
Craig

United States

#19 Oct 18, 2007
spud wrote:
A steady job could be the best way to rehabilitation for these folks. What's the problem? And any business that went under because they depended on illegal customers, well that's too bad isn't it.
Alot of those businesses went under because they were caught in the trap of under paying people, namely, illegals. When the law was enforced and their workers were deported, they had to start doing business honestly by paying a legal wage and hiring US citizens. If you can't do business honestly ,,... then move your business to Mexico !!

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