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Chicago Tribune
September 3, 2019

Column: Chicken-factory employees in the U.S. illegally work in fear. Their employers, not so much.
By Eric Zorn

Saturday will mark a month since U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swooped down on seven poultry processing plants in Mississippi and rounded up for deportation 680 workers believed to be in the country illegally. And, barring a surprise announcement from the Department of Justice between now and then, Saturday also will mark the end of a month during which no charges will have been filed against the owners and managers of the companies that operate the plants. It would be a surprise because such charges are vanishingly rare — an analysis by researchers at Syracuse University of the year beginning on April 1, 2018, found that the government prosecuted zero companies and fewer than a dozen individuals for the “crime” of employing workers living in the U.S. illegally.

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