After ICE raids, a reckoning in Mississippi’s chicken country

After ICE raids, a reckoning in Mississippi’s chicken country
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[Ed. – This ⁦article is at the heart of the “Black Awakening”.. I watched my Dad lose business for years while folks hire illegals. Yes, Black unemployment improvements are a direct result of @realDonaldTrump policies. Even The NY Times admits it. –Jack Brewer]

Juan Grant strode into the Koch Foods chicken processing plant for his new job … joining many other African-Americans. …

At 20, Mr. Grant was too young to remember the days of a nearly all-white work force in Mississippi’s poultry industry, or the civil rights boycotts and protests that followed. …

He did not know the time before Hispanic workers began arriving in the heart of chicken country by the thousands, recruited by plant managers looking to fill low-paying jobs in an expanding industry.

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But Mr. Grant clearly remembered Aug. 7, the day the Trump administration performed sweeping immigration raids on seven chicken plants in central Mississippi. He remembered the news flashing on his phone: 680 Hispanic workers arrested. He remembers seeing an opportunity.

“I figured there should be some jobs,” he said.

He figured right.

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