Raid targets illegal immigrants

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GREENVILLE, S.C. --- Federal agents swept through a chicken processing plant Tuesday, detaining more than 300 people suspected of being illegal immigrants, sending panicked workers screaming through the hallways. Worried relatives collected outside, fearful their loved ones would be deported.

Police and agents ordered all workers at the House of Raeford's Columbia Farms to show identification, according to officials and witnesses. The business had been under scrutiny for months, and the raid comes on the heels of even larger roundups at plants across the country.

Maria Juan, 22, was one of about 50 relatives and friends who huddled at the edge of the plant after the raid, some weeping and others talking frantically on cell phones. She was seeking information about her 68-year-old grandmother, a legal immigrant from Guatemala who went to work without identification papers but was later released.

"Families are going to be broken apart," Ms. Juan said. "There will be kids and babies left behind. Why are they doing this? Why? They didn't do anything. They only wanted to work."

Workers began running down hallways crying and screaming, said Herbert Rooker, 54, a third-shift janitor. He wore a blue band on his wrist, indicating agents had determined he was in the country legally. He had to duck into a bathroom to avoid what he called a stampede of people.

Immigration officials kept the workers inside, spending most of the morning trying to figure out how many are in the country illegally, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin McDonald said.

The number could be substantial. A recent review found that immigration paperwork for more than 775 of 825 workers contained false information, Mr. McDonald said. Immigration agents scoured the plant for paperwork and other information for the investigation.

House of Raeford processes chickens and turkeys in eight plants in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan. A sales manager at the Greenville plant referred questions to the company's Rose Hill, N.C., headquarters, where a woman answering the phone said there was no immediate comment.

Federal prosecutors and immigration agents have been investigating the plant's hiring practices for several months. Eleven supervisors and the plant's human resources director have been charged, most accused of falsifying documents. Seven have pleaded guilty, three are awaiting trial and two have fled, Mr. McDonald said.

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As It Is
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As It Is 10/08/08 - 03:28 am
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To hard working legal

To hard working legal imigrants, thank you for becoming a part of our society and doing your part. To all of the illegal imigrants working or not.....good bye....if you haven't been caught yet, you may notice that ICE along with local Sheriff's Offices are now enforcing laws that should have always been enforced. And to the businesses, have fun closing your doors and going to jail.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 10/08/08 - 03:51 am
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Amen As!

Amen As!

LadyCisback
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LadyCisback 10/08/08 - 06:43 am
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They are the ones packaging

They are the ones packaging your chicken for your fried chicken...

Really Bugged
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Really Bugged 10/08/08 - 07:09 am
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Not anymore...

Not anymore...

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 10/08/08 - 07:27 am
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Finally. We've got to start

Finally. We've got to start somewhere. These illegal aliens are like parasites. They fill up our schools, emergency rooms, entitlement programs and jails. Perhaps our own economic crisis will spur to do what's right with this folks. However, if you're illegal, don't worry. Barack's coming to your rescue.

426Hemi
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426Hemi 10/08/08 - 08:04 am
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I'm goin to KFC before it's

I'm goin to KFC before it's too late!

brinehart7
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brinehart7 10/08/08 - 08:13 am
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why are they doing

why are they doing this?
duh!!!!! does the word ILEGAL mean any thing to you?
it means you have no right to be here in the first place.
unless you do it through the proper channels not sneeking across the border to get here....

proudreader
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proudreader 10/08/08 - 08:33 am
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With all the unemployed

With all the unemployed Americans it is time to get rid of the immigrants to make room for our own people at some of these plants. These companies should pay for hiring these people (just to make more money for themselves). Always trying to get over.....this is the same thing (Greed) these mortgage companies did and now they want us to Bail Them Out!!!

lincoln1
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lincoln1 10/08/08 - 08:39 am
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Check the construction aea's.

Check the construction aea's. They are alot of them working in the housing construction addition where they are building a bunch of the houses in new developements. Check the trailer parks.

lincoln1
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lincoln1 10/08/08 - 08:39 am
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area's

area's

voluptuously_auburn1
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voluptuously_auburn1 10/08/08 - 08:56 am
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Need to check out some of the

Need to check out some of the apartment complexes on or near Washington Rd ... they are everywhere!! Go shopping at the Food Lion, across from the Augusta National - everyday.

MJDW
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MJDW 10/08/08 - 09:01 am
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And they work for the Big

And they work for the Big tree cutting company

mgroothand
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mgroothand 10/08/08 - 09:42 am
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Typical AP writing, trying to

Typical AP writing, trying to conjure up sympathy for these "unfortunate" ILLEGALS. As a legal immigrant of some 40+ years, I have absolutely no sympathy for the people that come here illegally. I studied hard and passed a difficult test for the right and privilege to live in America. I wilfully put my heritage aside to blend in with this country. To knowingly do otherwise is simply cheating a system that I've come to embrace. I hope these raids and deportations continue until it becomes less advantageous to sneak in.

noway
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noway 10/08/08 - 09:45 am
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At least they work, which is

At least they work, which is more that can be said for those in the projects and on welfare. The immigrants are not taking "our" jobs, Americans are too lazy to work at those jobs. Wake up.

dani
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dani 10/08/08 - 09:46 am
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quote by Ms Juan " There will

quote by Ms Juan " There will be kids and babies left behind. Why are they doing this? Why? They didn't do anything. They only wanted to work."
Why would you leave the kids behind? Take them with you when you go.

dale88fan
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dale88fan 10/08/08 - 10:09 am
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its about dam time!!

its about dam time!!

426Hemi
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426Hemi 10/08/08 - 10:39 am
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?Yo habla espanol? I can't

?Yo habla espanol? I can't either, and I'd love for this countries' manufacturers to stop pandering to the mexicans by putting their language, on their products, that we buy. I don't care what the hellllll a Big Mac is called in Mexican (Spanish) nor do I care to pick up a bar of "jobon" or, as you and I typically know it as soap! Save the ink and go straight Ingles, oops, English. Now I'm doin' it! Dang the double-language crap!

KSL
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KSL 10/08/08 - 11:21 am
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I see most of us are like

I see most of us are like minded here.

momoffive
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momoffive 10/08/08 - 11:33 am
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to all of you idiotic and

to all of you idiotic and ignorant people who seem to think that this is ok. you should be ashamed of yourselfs. everyone is always talking about how mexicans come to this country and take your jobs away and its not true. most of you people are just too damn lazy to get up and get a job and the ones that do want to work think that they are too good to do the jobs that hispanics are doing. these are people just like you and me who are just trying to survive and take care of their chidren. oh and by the way their are a whole hell of a lot more whites and blacks on goverment assistants than hispanics so why dont you get off your asses and get a job and stop fussing about things you know nothing about.

devilishlymad67
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devilishlymad67 10/08/08 - 11:53 am
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Most people don't have a

Most people don't have a problem with legals, momoffive, it is the ILLEGALS, surely as a mother you are not condoning breaking the law?

iletuknow
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iletuknow 10/08/08 - 01:04 pm
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Keystone Home

Keystone Home Builders....Look out!

steve-o
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steve-o 10/08/08 - 01:06 pm
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What they didn't report was

What they didn't report was the FACT that all of the workers that were detained and carted off in busses, were returned to the plant later that day. Columbia chicken farms has been cooperating with INS for the entire past year. This was a show of force by politicians, in october, before election time. What a waste of taxpayer dollars.

SMHwhatamessthisis
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SMHwhatamessthisis 10/08/08 - 03:33 pm
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It's about time.I wish they

It's about time.I wish they raid the est of the plants.send them home our own ppl needs those jobs now.

SMHwhatamessthisis
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SMHwhatamessthisis 10/08/08 - 03:42 pm
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fox den complex they live

fox den complex they live over there 20 up in them lil apt..right by the bingo hall in north augusta that trailer park i swear i waited on a bus to let some kids off i know 15 mins the whole bus got off there it was nothing but mexican kids go raid it.

KSL
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KSL 10/08/08 - 07:59 pm
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I had a couple from Central

I had a couple from Central America come in to discuss trying to buy a house. They had been in the US for 7 years illegally. They had money, but the house they wanted already had a contract on it. They lived with a wealthy family who had taken care of them for all of those years. Provided them food and a place to stay, a cell phone, etc in exchange for their work-----gardening, housekeeping, etc. Modern day slavery.

soldout
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soldout 10/09/08 - 08:54 am
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Amen; just inforce the law

Amen; just inforce the law and let the chips fall. Who can complain about that.

DonH
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DonH 10/11/08 - 09:06 am
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When hard-headed people don't

When hard-headed people don't get the message, then enforcement must step in and straighten them out. Illegal aliens are NOT a protected group in this country. Illegal aliens are trespassers who steal jobs and IDs from Americans. They all need to get legal or get out. Raids and roundups seem to be the only thing that gets their attentention!

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