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1/ Today ICE conducted the largest workplace mass arrest in the history of US immigration enforcement. More than 600 immigrants were arrested and detained. Exactly zero employers were charged.

A lot of context to this one! Here's some of it


2/ First, I will stress again that ICE does not conduct general #ICERaids. They know their targets, and they surveil and analyze them before arrest.

Todays raids were true "raids," far more so than the planned (but ultimately unexecuted) plan to go after families w/final orders
3/ These kinds of "shock and awe" mass workplace raids have almost always been industrial plants, usually food processing. They are carefully planned, in this case for nearly a year.

And yet they somehow still never know what to do with the kids.

4/ The Bush administration routinely carried out these kinds of #ICERaids. These concluded with the 2008 #Postville raid, before today the largest in US history.

One court interpreter was so disgusted by the Postville proceedings that he broke the strict code they are held to.
5/ Spectacles were not Obama's metier, & these kinds of #ICERaids stopped for the 10 years after Postville. Until Trump.

Here was Trump's biggest single raid before today: using tactical gear + helicopters to terrify working mothers at a garden store

6/ The Trump admin's first big workplace raid was political genius: small, targeted raids on 7/11 stores. 7/11 is the single most popular franchise for immigrants.

Worse: it turns out corporate HQ may have cooperated with ICE to punish unruly franchisees

7/ But most of these raids have historically targeted the meat industry: slaughterhouses, meatpacking, "rendering" plants

Do you know what "rendering" a chicken involves? Me neither. And I really, truly don't want to.

More than half of these workers nationwide are undocumented
8/ Slaughterhouses have always run on immigrant labor, even well before Upton Sinclair memorably exposed the industry. Recent arrivals often have some experience with killing and dressing livestock, but the truth is that this is awful, disgusting, soul-crushing work.
9/ No employers have been charged in today's raids. This is not unusual.

#Postville was very much the exception, resulting in an unprecedented lengthy prison sentence for an elderly exec of a kosher meat plant. To his credit, Trump commuted it.

10/ No coincidence that ICE targets the very worst jobs--truly "jobs Americans won't do"--for these raids. Our economy & food supply depends not only on these workers, but *on their oppression.* Threats of raids keep them in line in the face of horrific conditions & low wages
11/ These raids also allow Trump to tout immigration enforcement efforts and play into n mass deportation fantasies of his base. Everyone involved knows these plants will be fully staffed with undocumented labor again. All theater, but all too real for those in detention tonight
12/ FOOTNOTE: criminal search warrants were executed, and prosecutors seem to be suggesting that charges are coming for employers. But 680 innocent workers were arrested for the crime of keeping America's chicken nugget reserves stocked... and not 1 exec cuffed.

*yes, this commutation was good. It would take another thread to explain why
13/ REQUIRED READING: The Des Moines Register's look at #Postville 10 years later is a dismal preview of what these communities--and most especially the US citizen children who lost one or both parents today--are in for now.

14/ N.B.: there is a pretty well-documented connection between industrial meat processing plants and violent crime and I really don't think that requires much explanation. It's inherently dehumanizing labor.

15/ Remember when I said it was "no coincidence" with some of these places?

These employees had just won a sexual harassment suit. Last June, ICE raided a union plant just after they reported a worksite death to OSHA. So, yeah

TY to @shocks for link

16/ I always like to try to keep legal analysis to its own space, so here are some thoughts on how this unprecedented action fits into a major recent legal change re: deportation without due process

*I wrote this tweet way too quickly. I did not actually mean to give Trump any credit for this and didn't have time/space to explain the most problematic aspects of this prosecution and sentencing. Pls don't read anything here as an endorsement of the defendant or his conduct
17/ Here's just a taste of life as an employee of this awful company--not a single exec of which is facing any criminal charges for any of their many labor and immigration violations
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