Imagine that, immigration enforcement with benefits for US Citizens? Whodathunkit?
STILLMORE, Ga. — After a wave of raids by federal immigration agents on Labor Day weekend, a local chicken-processing company called Crider Inc. lost 75% of its mostly Hispanic 900-member work force. The crackdown threatened to cripple the economic anchor of this fading rural town.
But for local African-Americans, the dramatic appearance of federal agents presented an unexpected opportunity. Crider suddenly raised pay at the plant. An advertisement in the weekly Forest-Blade newspaper blared “Increased Wages” at Crider, starting at $7 to $9 an hour — more than a dollar above what the company had paid many immigrant workers.
Of course, I had to happen across this information while reading a blog… there’s been nothing said about it on any news broadcast I’ve seen. And no, I don’t subscribe to the WSJ.