Lost in the discussion of immigration raids is the real cost to business from ICE’s final solution raids.
For example, Swift says it complied with the law 100% and ICE’s raids cost Swift 30 million. The more I hear, the more it seems to be these raids harm everyone and help no one.
But you don’t have to take just my word for it. See:
“Simply put, a company cannot legally and practically do more than we have done to ensure a legal workforce under the current tools and regulations available from the government,” Jack Shandley said in written testimony delivered to Congress on Tuesday. Shandley is the senior vice president of human resources at Swift & Co. , the meat processing business that federal immigration officials raided in December. Nearly 1,300 workers were detained at sites in six states. Production was compromised. Swift lost more than $30 million.
The most telling detail: Shandley says Swift played by federal rules. It checked worker identification, filled out the proper forms, and used Basic Pilot, the government’s voluntary verification system.
What Swift couldn’t do was verify that every worker’s document was legitimate. The company tried; in 2001, the Department of Justice actually sued Swift for discrimination for too closely scrutinizing the documents of workers who looked or sounded foreign at a plant in Worthington, Minn. Swift settled, paying $200,000 but not admitting wrongdoing.
So under the current law, business loses no matter what it does, the children of immigrants lose, and as a country, we lose because we pay for ICE raids that cause lost business and tax revenue, and destroy families too.
My thanks to today’s Boston Globe editorial for pointing out what is a clear “lose/lose” government policy that should please no one.