NYT News Flash: Immigration Enforcement Not So Bad After All

By Mark Krikorian on July 27, 2008

After hyperventilating about the "Dickensian cruelty" of the immigration raid at the (genuinely Dickensian) meat plant in Postville, Iowa, the New York Times (or at least its news side) appears to have figured out that the open-borders crowd is full of it. The new insight about the value of immigration enforcement:

At first, labor officials said the raid had disrupted federal and state investigations already under way at Agriprocessors Inc., the nation’s largest kosher plant. The raid has drawn criticism for what some see as harsh tactics against the immigrants, with little action taken against their employers.

But in the aftermath of the arrests, labor investigators have reaped a bounty of new evidence from the testimony of illegal immigrants, teenagers and adults, who were caught in the raid. In formal declarations, immigrants have described pervasive labor violations at the plant, testimony that could result in criminal charges for Agriprocessors executives, labor law experts said.

Out of work and facing deportation proceedings, many of the immigrants say they now have nothing to lose in speaking up about the conditions in the plant. They have told investigators that they were routinely put to work without safety training and were forced to work long shifts without overtime or rest time. Under-age workers said their bosses knew how young they were.

Now let's start locking up the crooks who ran this plant, pour encourager les autres.