Four Indicted For Immigration Crimes At Chicken Plants

Critics of last year's massive immigration raids at seven chicken processing plants in Mississippi have faulted federal investigators for targeting hundreds of workers who were in this country illegally, saying they were just people trying to make a better life for their families. But in announcing the indictments of four mid-management employees at two of the plants Thursday, US Attorney Mike Hurst said many of the workers taken into custody last year had stolen the identities of some 400 American citizens. And he said hiring employees in violation of immigration laws gave those companies an advantage over competitors who operated legally. Those named in the indictments include managers, supervisors and human resources personnel at plants in Pelahatchie and Carthage.

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