Meatpacking Raids Re-Ignite Immigration Debate
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Meat-packing plants in six states were involved last week in the
biggest workplace-enforcement operation in US history. Were legal
workers caught up in raids that divided parents and children? Will
Swift & Company be charged for hiring illegal immigrants? Plus,
Robert Gates is sworn in as Defense Secretary, and the National
Basketball Association's leading scorer is suspended for 15 games.
Robert Gates Takes Over at the Pentagon ()
Former CIA Director Robert Gates was sworn in today to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense. One of the first questions he’ll be faced with is whether to it's time for a so-called "surge" of 18,000 to 20,000 more US troops in Baghdad.
- Peter Grier: Washington Editor for the Christian Science Monitor
Rough Jobs, Illegal Immigration and Identity Theft ()
Horrendous working conditions in meatpacking plants were exposed by Upton Sinclair in his novel, The Jungle, back in 1906. One hundred years later, the plants are staffed mostly by recent immigrants, both illegal and legal. Last week, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Bureau raided Swift & Company plants in six states. Agents, some wearing riot gear, locked down the plants and divided employees by citizenship status. The expressed purpose of Operation Wagon Train was to crack down on identity theft, but only 65 charges were filed against 1282 people arrested. It's alleged that some of those arrested were separated from their families, even though they were legal residents who left their papers at home. Scattered families are trying to get back together where meatpacking is all that keeps towns together. Will the incident spark immigration reform in the new Congress?
- Dianne Solis: Reporter for the Dallas Morning News
- Ira Mehlman: Media Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, @FAIRImmigration
- Sylvia Martinez: Chairwoman of Latinos UnidosChairwoman of Latinos Unidos, an advocacy group based in Greeley, Colorado
- Jill Cashen: Spokeswoman for the United Food and Commercial Workers
- Mark Grey: Director of the Iowa Center for Immigrant Leadership and Integration
NBA Doles Out Suspensions for Knicks-Nuggets Brawl ()
Two years ago, it was the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. Saturday, it was the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in a brawl with 10 players ejected, including the National Basketball Association's scoring leader, who punched an opposing player in the face. Today, after saying that NBA players "set an example for the entire basketball world...for good or ill,'' Commissioner David Stern suspended Carmelo Anthony of the Nuggets for 15 games. Two players got 10-game suspensions and others received lesser penalties.
- Steve Somers: Sports-radio host at WFAN
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