Washington, D.C. – The Communications Workers of America released the following statement in response to the raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Mississippi of a Koch Foods, Inc. plant in Morton and a Peco Foods, Inc. plant in Canton:
This week's act of rounding up nearly 700 working men and women – and members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) family – is an assault on all working people. Families have been ripped apart and children have been left without parents on their first day of school. Donald Trump’s single-minded focus on attacking working-class, immigrant communities further exposes the deep racist and anti-worker policies of his administration.”
Breaking up families should not be America’s immigration priority. Workers across the country live in fear of standing up for their rights to report wage theft, dangerous work conditions, sexual assault, trafficking or criminal or workplace issues. Administration actions like today’s only increase fear, push working families into the shadows and do not make America safe or "great."
CWA urges all union and non-union, immigrant and non-immigrant workers to call on their members of Congress and the President to fix our nation’s broken immigration system and immediately stop the use of raids as an anti-worker tactic against immigrant families.