April 11, 2006, - 5:16 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
****SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATE: Wolverine Packing Co./National Meat Assocation Claim no Illegals. I report, you decide. ****
Many parties are asking me for contact information for Wolverine Packing Company, a Detroit meat-packing plant which fired 15 immigrant women after they missed a day of work to attend a March 27 illegal alien protest march.
It is detailed in today’s Detroit Free Press by resident Islamist reporter Niraj Warikoo, and those who’ve contacted me want to congratulate Wolverine for firing the women.
Not so fast. While I applaud the fact that Wolverine fired the women, it is not because Wolverine is so dedicated to protecting our borders from foreign invasion. Just the opposite. Wolverine, according to the article, employs illegal aliens, including–apparently–some of the fired women. (The article says they are “undocumented workers,” but you know what that means).
Wolverine is just concerned with its bottom line, period. And that’s no reason–on its own–for any congratulatory regards from anyone. The fact that it will flout U.S. immigration law to meet that bottom line is a cause for jeers from us and shame for the company.
But, just like Wal-Mart and the other corporations that look the other way while giving American jobs to law-breaking invaders, Wolverine blames it on an independent contractor that does the hiring. Wolverine doesn’t know a thing about their immigration status, claims Wolverine manager Jay Bonahoom.
Uh-uh. And there is a Santa and the tooth fairy, too.
I’d hope that Michigan/Ohio Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz” would investigate Wolverine to see how many illegal aliens the company still employs and arrest and deport them.
But then, I’d have to believe in Santa and the tooth fairy also. And I don’t.
****UPDATE: Detroit’s WXYZ-TV/Channel Seven is reporting that the illegal alien protesters are seeking legal help from the ACLU and EEOC. How about a little help for us from the I-C-E? Surprise, surprise, the women interviewed needed a translator (no English) and refused to have their faces shown. Gee, I wonder why.
****UPDATE #2: The National Meat Association claims its member, Wolverine Packing Co. is being defamed by the Detroit Free Press and its reporter, Niraj Warikoo, and that Wolverine does not have illegal aliens.
But if they were not illegal, why did they refuse to have their faces shown on local television news in Detroit, and why did they need a translator (they can’t speak English)?
You decide based on that and this communication to me, below:
— Jeremy Russell email@example.com wrote:
From: “Jeremy Russell” firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: correct on meatpacker story
Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2006 16:35:51 -0700
Wolverine Packing is a member of ours and I felt compelled to offer you a correction today. Despite mistaken media claims to the contrary, the company does not believe that any of the fired workers were undocumented. Here’s the quote from the company’s statement: “Almost all of our Latino workers showed up for work that day except for a small group of contract workers from a local staffing company. We use a small amount of contract labor to supplement our full time force. This company has given us their assurances that these workers are documented.” The information you have about there being undocumented workers at the plant comes from erroneous media reports.
Just thought you’d want to know.
Director of Communications and Government Relations
National Meat Association
1970 Broadway, Ste. 825
Oakland, California 94612
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