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Smithfield employees arrested on immigration charges

Agriculture.com Staff 01/25/2007 @ 7:49am

Federal immigration authorities on Wednesday arrested 21 individuals in a targeted immigration action at Smithfield Packing Company's Tar Heel, N.C. plant. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said the individuals would face various charges.

Smithfield issued the following statement:

We have been cooperating with the federal government in this matter. This is part of our ongoing effort as a responsible corporate citizen to comply with the law of the land. We want to make sure that anyone hired at the plant is legally authorized to work in the United States.

Since May of last year, Smithfield has been working toward membership in a federal enforcement program called IMAGE (ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers). According to ICE, "The goal of the program is to assist employers in targeted economic sectors to develop a more secure and stable workforce and to enhance fraudulent-document awareness through education and training."

In the course of becoming a member of the IMAGE program, we were notified that federal authorities had identified specific individuals for focused interviews and arrests, if appropriate. We have cooperated fully in that process.

We at Smithfield believe it is important that all our employees be legally authorized to work in the United States, because these jobs pay well above average salaries in this area, and they carry attractive benefits, including health insurance for employees and their families.

We are doing our best to work with the federal authorities, within the law and with our employees. Like most Americans, we believe the nation's immigration system badly needs reform. Like most employers, we hope Congress and the Administration will act quickly to enact reform.

Smithfield values our highly capable and dedicated employees. We will continue to work with them -- and with the government -- to insure that high standards are maintained, including proper documentation of citizenship.

Federal immigration authorities on Wednesday arrested 21 individuals in a targeted immigration action at Smithfield Packing Company's Tar Heel, N.C. plant. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said the individuals would face various charges.

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