On Tuesday of this week, a force of about 300 federal, state and local officials raided the Koch Chicken Processing Plant in Butler County Ohio and arrested 160 people suspected of being illegal aliens. The men and women arrested are not just Mexican’s, they were from eight countries — not all of these countries have been named. The raid was the result of a 2-1/2 year investigation of Koch by federal and local officials — they were suspected of knowingly hiring illegal aliens which would mean, if the charges can be proven, that Koch can be facing a very large fine, and some of the Koch officials could be looking at jail time. A simultaneous raid was conducted on Koch’s headquarters in Chicago, where records were seized but no arrests were made.
To be honest, my first thought was: yes, these people are here illegally and are costing legal taxpayers one way or the other, but that’s a lot of manpower, hours and money spend just to catch people who really did come here just to work. If I were in charge, these would be the very last of the illegal immigrants I’d worry about.
In 2006, if you remember, the federal government instituted a nationwide initiative called “Return to Sender.” The main focus of that initiative was the illegal immigrants who rob, rape, terrorize and murder — mostly the violent street gang members and those who came here not to work but to steal. Operation Return to Sender lasted only about 20 days and during that time, according to the Homeland Security bulletin issued at the end of the operation: “approximately 2,179 criminal aliens, illegal alien gang members, fugitive aliens, and other immigration status violators” were detained. Again, not just Mexicans — these types of programs are not anti-Mexican, they are anti-illegal immigrant and here’s the proof of that; once again a quote from the Homeland Security bulletin:
Those arrested in the operation came from nations around the globe, including Angola, Bangladesh, Brazil, Cape Verde, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Egypt, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Iraq, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Senegal, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.
I’m not in favor of anyone being here in the United States illegally but my god, let’s prioritize! Its the criminals and welfare cheaters who are costing us the most in money, in insecurity, and in a basic loss of sovereignty. These are the people we need to find and deport FIRST, before worrying about the ones who are working and doing us little harm. If we do it efficiently and continuously we will win our country back.
2006 Homeland Security Bulletin (Operation Return to Sender): ICE Apprehends More Than 2,100 Criminal Aliens, Gang Members, Fugitives and Other Immigration Violators in Nationwide Interior Enforcement Operation
Cincinatti Post: Agents nab 180 in raid of plant
AP story in Forbes: Immigration Raid at Ohio Poultry Plant
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