In the wake of the Postville, Iowa enforcement action at Agriprocessors, Inc, where almost 400 illegal aliens were arrested, the company turned to labor recruiters to find legal workers in the U.S. to fill the void, the Associated Press reports. One domestic recruiter, Jacobson Staffing, recruited about 900 temporary workers for Agriprocessors and ran all of the new hires through E-Verify to make sure they are authorized to work in the U.S. The Postville experience proves a point – when unscrupulous employers are forced to look for legal workers -- both native-born and legal immigrants -- they can turn to recruiters to find them. There is a vast pool of available legal, less-educated workers – some 23 million according to Department of Labor figures – who are waiting for the opportunity to be drawn back into the labor market. Recruiters who employ the right techniques can match up the right workers with the right company. Companies like Agriprocessors didn’t use domestic recruiters in the past; they established their labor supply lines through word-of-mouth and family connections (that turned out to be mostly illegal-alien networks). When the raid occurred, Agriprocessors hired a recruiter that, among other things, searched homeless shelters in Texas for potential workers. These techniques didn’t pan out and the workers were sent back home. Then the company hired St. Louis-based Jacobsen Staffing, which started by running local newspaper ads and finding as many workers as possible in the local labor pool. Jacobsen subsequently hired more recruiters, expanded the search geographically, and partnered with other recruiting firms. Agriprocessors hired another firm, Bravo Labor Agency, which recruited about 200 workers using other techniques. Bravo, which is based in McAllen, Texas, also sends workers to sugar cane fields in Louisiana, dairy farms in Maine and grain silos in South Dakota. With the recent spike in enforcement activities, more companies are being forced to rely on recruiters in the desperate search for workers after a raid. There is no reason why the use of recruiters should be limited to such circumstances, however. Some open-borders employers constantly complain that they need more foreign workers. Have they truly tried to exhaust other options, given that there are tens of millions of work-authorized people who are not currently working? When Congress passes the SAVE Act, which will eventually require all employers to verify work eligibility, many more of these domestic recruitment companies will rise up to fill the need. We’re already seeing that happen.
Updated: Wed, Jul 5th 2017 @ 2:32pm EDT