Immigration Issues Real In Delta

Chicago Tribune

INDIANOLA, Miss. — In 1983, when Sarah Claree White joined the kill line at the Delta Pride Catfish processing plant, the workers’ lives were so dominated by stopwatches that even their restroom visits were timed.

White male supervisors often followed the workers–nearly all of them African-American women–into the bathrooms with timers to make sure they didn’t stay too long.

White was one of the catfish workers who began the fight for change in the fledgling industry, demanding medical benefits, job security and a work environment free of sexual harassment. The workers accomplished what few believed was possible for poor African-American women in the Deep South. Twenty years ago this fall, they formed a union.

Though the gains from organizing have been modest, White, now a union representative, says they have eroded in recent years as undocumented Hispanics entered Mississippi’s catfish industry willing to work for lower wages and fewer benefits.

10 Responses to “Immigration Issues Real In Delta”

  1. Sherri Says:

    It’s a good sign if illegals are nervous and employers are sending them letters telling them that if they’re not legal, they’ll be fired. It’s too bad that so many employers are greedy and won’t do the same. Of course, if our government would actually enforce sanctions against employers that hire these people, we wouldn’t have this problem.

  2. Charles in Georgia Says:

    I just wanted to puke everytime Bush says that they do jobs Americans don’t want. This is a great example of jobs they take away that Americans DO WANT.

    Hey Mississippi send a bunch of Americans in there to apply for jobs in that field. When they get turned down, then they can file a class action lawsuit and sue since jobs they can’t have are being done by illegal aliens.

  3. DavidDiaz Says:

    Border Patrol fears conflict with Mexican military
    Agent: ‘It’s like we’re having a battle ? that no one speaks of’
    Posted: December 19, 2005
    © 2005

    Border Patrol agents stationed along the nation’s southwestern frontier increasingly are fearful of encountering armed and potentially hostile military units from Mexico.

    Also, agents say, officers are hamstrung in their response, citing concerns the U.S. government is often too deferential to Mexican authorities.

    “It’s like we’re having a battle on the border that no one speaks of,” one agent told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspaper in Ontario, Calif.

    “The Border Patrol lives in constant fear of pleasing the consulate general of Mexico,” the agent continued. “It’s one of the things that’s most mystifying to line agents” because the U.S. is one of the most powerful countries in the world but appears to be more interested in accommodating Mexico City, the agent said.

    Indeed, the confrontations have become so routine the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued written orders that agents carry with them regarding “what to do” if confronted by Mexican military units, many of which are in the employ of Mexico’s powerful drug cartels.

    According to the “Military Incursion” cards, “Mexican military are trained to escape, evade and counter-ambush if it will affect their escape.” Therefore, the card says, Border Patrol agents should follow recommended procedures in case they encounter armed Mexican military units.

    The paper said the cards also instruct agents to hide from Mexican military operating in their areas. Rather than engage in contact, agents are ordered to “Avoid it.”

  4. Eddie B. Says:

    Greed. One of the seven deadly sins.

  5. Mike Says:

    SHERRI…There all not wanting to be the company that fails because they can’t compete, and no one is stopping any one from hiring illegals. I had a landscaping company in florida I wouldn’t do things illegaly so I can’t afford to compete,…..
    Every landscaping crew is a MEXICAN crew, except for mine, so here in america those who break the LAW can still afford to break gread with there kids. Well the law abiding people like my self…. LIVING the american dream…. whats that any more…
    I have an IT business as well ….AND I was just throwing the money out the window trying to make it in landscaping… to compete you can’t even afford insurane any more….. my competition is literally all of MEXICO!
    Thank GOD so far they haven’t flooded the It Market…. though even that is starting to take a hit….all the jobs that can be assesed from accross seas are…. and if thats not bad enough they bring in a bunch of IT replacements in the form of STUDENT VISA’s…. I am literally seing people pay to train these foreign jack offs to do the stuff my kids will be learning in school they will drive the wages so low with these foriegners doing all the work that we will all soon be working for bannanas even in the IT world…
    NO Social Security to retire on,… no MEDICARE….NO company you can trust to keep there word when it comes to pensions ,…they just pull them or cut them in half…. fewer aND fewer companies offer 401ks they want you to privatly manage your own retirement…
    BIG picture,….. being a walmart greeter @ 80 years old and NO seeing the world….. no relaxation… those days are gone where are born into the age of work ….work …work …and Never stop until your DEAD….. and the government will filter these people in until we only work to make the richest fat cats rich…. GOOD byE MIDDle CLASS … and prepare fore slavery middle and lower class…. you will either eat dirt or you will eat the best food with the richest people.

  6. johnny Says:

    yea! illegal aliens stealing jobs from americans for a lower wage! This is happening across the united states! Not only are they stealing the jobs they do a shitty low quality job too!
    I own a small buisness of repairing diesel trucks and equipment and lately i have seen illegal aliens down at the truck stops working out of hatchback cars with k mart tools repairing 18 wheeler trucks! That jepardizes our safety when you have an unskilled persorn repairing a 150,000 pound truck! let alone using k mart tools ! I am going to get some video of this guy doing this and stir up some shit by calling the police or border patroll on him! I will pull a watch dog and video all of it!
    this shit has got to end!

  7. Eddie B. Says:

    Hate to tell you Mike but Mr Bill is paying Jorge BIG BUCKS to send IT to India. IBM sold their laptops to China. Voting machine were sold to Venezuela. Help Desks go to India. Dells are made anywhere but the U.S.

    The only thing we do now is build iPods and plywood condos next to Mickey D’s, Bed Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, TGI Friday, The Container Store and the list goes on and never stops. It is all the same. It is all crap.

    It is all about money. Personally, eating food with these pigs would give me an upset stomach. Don’t care much for expensive “food as art”.


  8. Contessa Says:

    All, please see,

  9. Eddie B. Says:

    Right on!

  10. marleen Says:

    the insurance companies are in on this too. they only reinbursed the Katrina home owners half or less in the rebuilding of their damaged properties this is the main reason why there are currently 1oo,ooo illegals working cheaply in new orleans, i heard BILL O’REILLY a few weeks ago say over the air that anyone in need of work ‘’go to NEW ORLEANS there is plenty of work'’ i doubt if he knows that Americans dont have a chance there.

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