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Koch Foods holds job fair days after immigration raid

Credit: WAPT
Published on August 13, 2019 - Duration: 01:58s

Koch Foods holds job fair days after immigration raid

Long lines of people were hoping to get a job at the same plant where hundreds were hauled out.

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Koch Foods holds job fair days after immigration raid

KOCKPLANT IN MORTON.BUT THE COMPANY IS CLEARLYFEELING THEFFECTS OF THE LARGEST ICEENFORCEMENT STING IN U.S.HISTORY.

TODAY THE COMPANYTURNED TO THE STATETRYING TO FILL HUNDREDS OFSUDDENLYVACANT JOBS A STEADY FLOW OF PEOPLE INTO THEWNSJOB CENTER IN FORESTINSIDE THEY WERE TAKINGAPPLICATIOFOR HUNDREDS OF VACANT CHICKENPROCESSING JOBS AT THE NEARBYKOCH FOODPLANT;JOBS THAT BECAME AVAILABLE WHENFEDERAL AGENTS MADE SWEEPINGILLEGALIMMIGRANT ARRESTS AT POULTRYPROCESSINGPLANTS AROUND THE STATE.

SCOTTSIMMONS: DO YOU THINKTHEY WERE DOING IT THE WRONGWAY?CEDRIC GRIFFITH: AS FAR AS THECOMPANY I HAVE WORKED IN THEMEAT INDUSTRIES FOR 14 YEARS NYOU HAVE GOT TO DO IT THE RIGHTWAY THROUGH THE LEGAL HIRINGPROCESS.CHABREA LOPER/APPLYING FOR JOB:IT IS JUST WHAT IT IS THEYARE HURTING FAMILIES AND NOTDOING SOMETHING FOR THEM OWNSELVES.SCOTT SIMMONS:5 DOES IT BOTHERYOU THAT THEY ARE HEREILLEGALLY?CHABREA: NO.SCOTT SIMMONS: WHY NOT?

CHABREALOPER: BECAUSE EVERYBODY HAS GOTA RIGHT TO BEHERE.LAST WEEK, ICE AGENTS ARRESTEDMORE THAN 680 SUSPECTED ILLEGALIMMIGRANTS.

KOCH FOODS WILL ONLYSAY THEY ARE WORKINGWITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INIT'SINVESTIGATION.THE STATE RUNNING THIS JOB FAIRIN FORESTWHERE MORE THAN 150 APPLIED FORTHOSE NOWVACANT POSITIONS.DIANNE BELL/MDES: WE ARE NOTDOINGWHAT KOCH FOODS HAS ASKED US TODO WE ARE DOING WHAT IS ACTUALLYDONE BY LAW AND THAT IS TO MAKESURE THAT EACH APPLICANT IS E-VERIFIED BEFORE WE GO ANYFURTHER.

A SPOKESPERSON FOR KOCH SAIDTODAY,"KOCH HIRES ITS WORKERS USINGSTRICTHIRING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES....KOCHHAS USED E-VERIFY FOR WELL OVERTEN YEARS".THE FEDERAL INVESTIGATION GOESONWITH THE US ATTORNEYS OFFICECONFIRMINGTHEY ARE LOOKING AT THE PLANTSTHAT HIREDTHESE SUSPECTED ILLEGAL WORKERS.LIVE IN MORTON SCOTT SIMMIONS 16WAPT NEWS.PRESIDEN

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