2008 July 27 Sunday
Postville Slaughterhouse Illegal Workers Were Very Young

This use of young laborers in dangerous jobs is great news for people who are nostalgic about the 19th century.

POSTVILLE, Iowa — When federal immigration agents raided the kosher meatpacking plant here in May and rounded up 389 illegal immigrants, they found more than 20 under-age workers, some as young as 13.

16 year olds working 17 hour shifts do not have time to join gangs. You suppose that was the motivation of the management of this plant? Keep the streets safe from Hispanic gangs? Or maybe the management liked the feeling of having slaves?

One, a Guatemalan named Elmer L. who said he was 16 when he started working on the plant’s killing floors, said he worked 17-hour shifts, six days a week. In an affidavit, he said he was constantly tired and did not have time to do anything but work and sleep. “I was very sad,” he said, “and I felt like I was a slave.”

Federal prosecutors might bring charges of violations of labor laws.

While federal prosecutors are primarily focusing on immigration charges, they may also be looking into labor violations. Search warrant documents filed in court before the raid, which was May 12, cited a report by an anonymous immigrant who was sent to work in the plant by immigration authorities as an undercover informant. The immigrant saw “a rabbi who was calling employees derogatory names and throwing meat at employees.” Jewish managers oversee the slaughtering and processing of meat at Agriprocessors to ensure kosher standards.

So why do the bad rabbis throw meat at the poor, young, low-skilled illegal aliens? The rabbis belong to the clannish separatist Lubavitcher sect who run the slaughterhouse. They look down upon those who are not chosen by God. So the locals of Postville get replaced from jobs by cheaper foreigners and the Lubavitchers look down on both local whites and Central Americans.

Immigration law enforcement actions and new state laws against illegal aliens are provoking the creation of more organized opposition by the cheap labor lobby. Cheap imported labor really amounts to privatized profits and socialized costs. But that ethical consideration doesn't seem to restrain those who want those privatized profits. Cheap labor business interests are organizing and funding an attack against immigration restriction.

Under pressure from the toughest crackdown on illegal immigration in two decades, employers across the country are fighting back in state legislatures, the federal courts and city halls.

The businesses are basically fighting back against a Republican base that supports tougher immigration law enforcement. Will the businesses use their money to buy influence and neutralize the immigration restrictionists?

Though the pushback is coming from both Democrats and Republicans, in many places it is reopening the rift over immigration that troubled the Republican Party last year. Businesses, generally Republican stalwarts, are standing up to others within the party who accuse them of undercutting border enforcement and jeopardizing American jobs by hiring illegal immigrants as cheap labor.

Tamar Jacoby is leading a new national organization that represents the interests of the cheap labor lobby. If we can manage to cut down the supply of cheap foreign labor then machines can replace the laborers if the labor supply becomes restricted enough.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2008 July 27 03:44 PM  Immigration Labor Market

Big Bill said at July 27, 2008 10:08 PM:

So what else is new? Read up on the famous Triangle Shirtwaist Company fire in NYC in 1911 (http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/trianglefire/). The perpetrators (who got off scott free) were the owners and operators of the factory, some Orthodox Hungarian Jews who came to America to extort whatever pound of flesh they could get out of whatever immigrant workers they could find. They wound up killing bunches of Jews and other poor immigrants in their factory. Whenever you have mass immigration you have the flesh peddlers and abusers and slavers that sneak in to enslave their own people. Yet, strangely, they all wind up blaming white Christians in the end.

Whether they are Haitian, Saudi, African, Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Mexican, Jewish, Irish, Italian or other imported abusers, they bring their sick native traditions with them and set about brutalizing the poorest of the poor to make a buck, usually their own people. In the case of the Postville Jews, they found it easier to abuse Mexicans and Central Americans. They would have done the same to poor ignorant Jews (not of their sect) if they could, however. "Anything for a buck" has been the Rubashkins' slogan for decades. See http://failedmessiah.typepad.com for plenty more.

Who are some of the recent slavemasters in America that have been busted? Some Saudi guy and his wife in Colorado. Some Indian guy and his wife in New York (the papers called them "New Yorkers" heh). Some Haitian woman and her mother in Florida. And now an entire transplanted community of Eastern European Jews in Iowa. Send 'em all home before their infection spreads. We don't need their sickness.

There is a reason we closed the doors to immigration 80 years ago. We are seeing a return of the ugly suppurating cultural excrescences that thrive on immigration. Only instead of bringing the abuse to New York City sweatshops and burning factories, they import the suffering straight to the Midwest. Those poor Postvillians. They never saw it coming.

dchamil said at July 28, 2008 6:35 AM:

The exploitation of immigrant slaughterhouse workers was amply described in the novel The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

c.o. jones said at July 28, 2008 9:24 AM:

Actually, it's great news that Tamar Jacoby is going to be front-and-center for this new open borders group. She is snotty and condescending, not to mention having a face only a mother could love.

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