Federal immigration officers arrested 390 workers at the Agriprocessors Inc. plant in
Agriprocessors, which harvests cattle and produces kosher and non-kosher meat and poultry products and is one of the largest kosher beef processor in the country, said it takes immigration laws seriously and cooperated and intends to continue cooperating with the government. No charges were brought against the company, which is continuing to operate.
The Agriprocessors raid, and others in the last two years, shows the need for immigration reform, but no reform is likely until next year after a new Administration and Congress come to order, according to Kelly Hunt, senior manager for immigration policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Speaking to the United Egg Producers board of directors in
She noted that there are 12 million people with undocumented status in the
With 12 million undocumented aliens who are working and paying taxes, contributing, for instance, $551 billion per year in Social Security taxes that they won't ever get back, Hunt said the immigration system "is clearly broken."