Caught In An Ice Storm
By Sam Gazdziak, Senior Editor
Swift & Co. is caught in the crossfire as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests 1,300 employees in the country’s largest ever workforce-enforcement action.
Illegal immigration has been a political hot topic for several years, particularly in the U.S.-Mexico border states. Identity fraud is considered the fastest-growing crime in the country. Those two issues came together during Operation Wagon Train, when six Swift & Co. plants were raided in a search for undocumented workers using stolen identities to gain employment. The raids also have brought to a head the legal conundrum that employers face when attempting to validate the documents of workers who claim to be eligible to work in the U.S.