Tuesday, August 28, 2007

An “egregious violator” of U.S. immigration laws

Via The Cincinnati Enquirer:
Raid nets 160 at chicken plant

Federal agents raided a poultry packaging facility Tuesday in Fairfield and arrested about 160 suspected illegal immigrants who were working there.

The raid, among the largest of its kind in the country this year, is part of a two-year investigation into the hiring practices at the Chicago-based Koch Foods Co.

The Fairfield processing facility is located at 4100 Port Union Road in Fairfield.


Immigration officials described Koch Foods as an “egregious violator” of U.S. immigration laws, which means the company is suspected of knowingly hiring undocumented workers.

Local and federal authorities said they would pursue criminal charges against company officials if they find evidence of fraud, falsification of documents or other crimes...

2 Comments:

Anonymous John said...

There's nothing particularly wrong with violating the law. The litmus test for determining whether a law carries with it the moral duty of obedience is whether the law is JUST, and laws restricting immigration are manifestly UNJUST. If Landlord Joe wants to rent or sell a piece of property to Jorge from Mexico, and some factory owners wants to hire Jorge at a mutually agreeable wage -- then there is no legitimate reason for the government to step in and deny them the exercise of their perfectly legitimate property rights. The government doesn't OWN America -- at least not legitimately -- it merely rules it through force. And if the government enacts immoral diktats - they are rightly ignored. The government is the criminal here -- not the business nor the immigrants who are guilty of nothing more than engaging in consensual market transactions

August 31, 2007 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Porkopolis said...

John:

As a libertarian, I agree with the sentiment of your analysis up to the point that illegal immigrants start making claims on the social service systems established for legal citizens and immigrants.

Furthermore, every country has a right to establish its own sovereignty. Once that sovereignty and immigration policy has been established, immigrants should respect it or suffer the consequences when they don't.

Libertarianism does not equate to anarchy.

August 31, 2007 at 11:20 PM  

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