Two weeks ago Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the Howard Industries Plant in Laurel, Mississippi and apprehended more than 600 suspected illegal workers. Many of those workers have been deemed ineligible to work in the United States and hundreds of local residents are applying for those positions.
The plant is currently working with a skeleton staff in an effort to keep the facility operational. One of those employees, who declined to give his name, admitted that it was common knowledge that many of the employees at the plant were suspected of being illegal aliens. (Click here to read more about Americans' attempts to find employment at the facility)
In another development, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says it is possible that the plant broke a June 2008 law that requires all employers to use the E-Verify employment verification system. If Howard Industries is found to have violated this law, they can lose the right to operate in Mississippi for one year. (Click here to read about this development)
Updated: Wed, Jul 5th 2017 @ 2:30pm EDT