March 13, 2008, - 12:26 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
The story of America’s largest chicken company, Pilgrim’s Pride, is illustrative of how America–and the Bush Administration–are seriously inept in immigration enforcement, deliberately so.
As I’ve noted before, the joke on the public is that they believe raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are surprises to employers who are subject to the show raids. But, in fact, they’re no surprise to anyone but the public. The companies know and they’re in constant communication with ICE officials negotiating away the details of the “raids.”
That’s just one of the reasons the raids are a joke. One of those jokes is the long-planned series of raids on Pilgrim’s Pride chicken processing plants. The raids have been in the planning stages for several years. I kid you not. They spent several years to “plan” this farce of entering a company’s plants, arresting a few hundred people, and then releasing more than half into the great abyss. And the raids still haven’t happened.
As I told you, last year, Pilgrim’s Pride is based in Texas, and when Texas’ U.S. Senator John Cornyn (Republican)–who pretends to be tough on illegal aliens and immigration, but really isn’t–learned of the raids, he told The ICE Princess, Julie L. Myers, that he would vote for and actively support her confirmation in exchange for reducing the upcoming–but never happening–raids on Pilgrim’s Pride to administrative arrests, rather than a criminal operation and reducing the number of arrests, etc. She agreed.
Oh, and Cornyn has been in constant communication with his homestate illegal alien harboring corporation about all of this. Does your Senator tip you off about details of a law enforcement investigation into your behavior? Does the law enforcement unit negotiate down with you the serious nature of the investigation?
And yet, in a sign of how stuck-in-a-rut and ineffective ICE is, the raids are still in the planning stages and haven’t yet happened. Well, now the raids on Pilgrim’s Pride will have to be planned all over again. Why?
ICE agents are extremely frustrated by this and so many other episodes of high quality Keystone Koppery atop ICE.
Yesterday, Pilgrim’s Pride announced that it would ax 1,100 jobs and immediately close seven U.S. facilities. It’s believed a number of those facilities and illegal alien employees were to be targets of the ICE raids on the company. Now, they’re going to be gone.
And ICE will have to start its bureaucratic, waste-of-time planning of Pilgrim’s Pride raids all over again.
Can you imagine a local police force taking this much time and engaging in this much procrastination to raid a armed robbery operation, a drug ring, or a serial killer?
We’d never arrest any lawbreakers, there would be no justice, and criminals would run the asylum.
Which is essentially what is happening with illegal aliens in America.
By the way, I hear ICE is also still in the planning stages of raids on TWA, Pan Am, Montgomery Ward, MCI, Kresge, Atari, and BetaMax factories.
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