As many as 100 employees at a hen processing plant in Morton, Mississippi, have been reportedly fired after exhibiting as much as work within the wake of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that rocked the state final week.
In a Twitter assertion revealed on Wednesday, Families Belong Together Communications Director Paola Luisi mentioned PH Food Inc., a hen processing plant, had “just…callously fired 100+ workers less than a week after the raids, adding yet another brutal attack on the Latinx community.”
Luisi, who has been contacted by Newsweek for remark, mentioned the area people was organizing in protest in opposition to the transfer–and in opposition to the Trump administration’s hardline crackdown on immigrants within the U.S.
“The broader community is showing up,” she mentioned, sharing a photograph of a “pantry full of donations at a local church.” Meanwhile, she mentioned, an area Latinx enterprise had opened its doorways to employees and organizers to assist join them to authorized clinics.
“The energy is palpable and the courage of these folks is extraordinary,” she mentioned.
The reported firings come after ICE brokers swept by seven meals processing vegetation throughout six cities in Mississippi final week, arresting as many as 860 employees.
The arrests created chaos in communities throughout the state, the place many youngsters had simply began their first day of faculty and have been left ready to search out out whether or not their dad and mom can be launched from ICE custody.
“This is a community that has suffered the unfathomable,” Luisi mentioned on Twitter.
“Just today I’ve heard of a father of three who is at home, unable to work because his wife is detained and he has to care for three young children,” she mentioned. “I also heard of a case of a father who was detained, whose son is autistic and depends on a hug from his dad every evening as part of his evening routine. He’s inconsolable.”
She added: “[There is] the case of a mother of six, who is now taking care of her sister-in-law’s three children. That’s NINE children in one woman’s care.”
“I also heard that families are reaching out to attorneys asking their teenage children be granted guardianship of their siblings, in case they too get brutally ripped away from their children. Let. That. Sink. In,” Luisi wrote.
“The cruelty is the point,” she added. “What has happened to this community is the product of a sadistic, white nationalist agenda in action with the sole intention of terrorizing communities of color. But despite the horror, the resilience is extraordinary. The community is rising.”
Newsweek has tried to contact PH Food by a cellphone quantity offered on-line and has contacted the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) to verify the reported firings.
However, she mentioned that as of Wednesday she had not but been capable of verify the stories. Employers aren’t technically required to report such actions to the state, however most do anyway.
As employees on the PH Food plant have been reportedly being laid off, one other hen processing plant focused by the raids in Morton was searching for new hires following ICE’s focused operation.
According to the Ledger, Koch Foods noticed greater than 200 folks apply for work throughout a job honest held on Monday, with the corporate having at the very least 100 openings for “deboners,” employees liable for deboning hen.
It is unclear whether or not these openings had been deliberate previous to the ICE raids or whether or not they have been posted to interchange these detained by the immigration company.