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The named Plaintiffs herein all are non-Latino, all applied for employment at Howard Industries’ Laurel, Mississippi transformer manufacturing plant during the relevant time period, and all were not hired by Howard Industries due to their race.” (Veronica Cook, Yoland Phelps, Charlyn Dozier, and Seleatha McGee et al. vs. Howard Industries, Feb. 25, 2011, CIVIL ACTION NO: 2:11CV41KS-MTP)

The suit was filed 8 years ago, but was related to an ICE raid 11 years ago. These African American Mississippi ladies had applied repeatedly for jobs at Howard Industries, over a period of years. They were finally employed only after an ICE raid. While one news article on the topic is very similar to ones that we’ve read this week, this 2008 article mentions that the legal workers “applauded” as the illegal workers were arrested. In fact, Federal officials said that they were tipped off by a union member several years prior to the raid. There was still some of the same wailing and gnashing at the teeth regarding “traumatized” illegals and their families and blah, blah, blah: “Feds detain nearly 600 in Miss. plant raid: Sweep of suspected illegal immigrants is the largest single-workplace raid” 8/26/2008 https://archive.li/YYhop

On the same topic: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2019/08/09/howard-industries-manager-pled-guilty-to-employment-related-immigration-conspiracy-subsequent-to-ice-raid-immigration-sweep-resulting-in-arrest-of-nearly-600-illegal-aliens-in-mississippi/

So, anyone who thinks that the raid this week in Mississippi was wrong needs to have their head examined. It is particularly appalling that anyone is appalled by this raid, since Mississippi is both the poorest state, and the state with the highest percentage of African Americans (38%). It suggests that both die hard racists and “guilty white liberals” are using so-called “brown people” as a cover for their racism against black people. The fact that the tip-off for this earlier raid was several years before it occurred, suggests that the latest Mississippi raid could/should have been planned under Obama. Apparently federal agents have been aware of the illegals working in Mississippi food processing for a very long time, raising the question of why nothing was done sooner.

The lawsuit, below, makes clear that Latino workers received tip-offs in advance when Federal inspectors came around and stayed home.

How many American families are separated because they have to travel far away to get employment, or a parent goes to jail after doing something illegal in order to help provide for their children? While Bill Clinton was loved for bringing turnkey catfish processing jobs to Arkansas, Hillary is raising money for those busted in the ICE raid. In the last speech before the 2016 election, Trump talked jobs and Hillary wanted a kumbaya time with immigrants who steal jobs. No sane person wants to kumbaya with someone who stole their job. Illegals steal jobs of low level workers and lower wages. Legal immigrants have long stolen jobs from educated Americans, it’s just that no one knew until it hit the IT sector. Only then did it became clear that legal immigrants have been increasingly pilfering the jobs of educated Americans for half a century. It is ironic that in the Bill Clinton years Mississippians were sent to work in chicken processing plants as part of welfare to work programs, but Hillary only cares about illegal immigrants who were stealing 690 Mississippi jobs. There are 63,300 unemployed Mississippians, meaning 690 jobs would reduce unemployment by 1% for the state. On the local level, 690 jobs would almost eliminate unemployment.

Excerpts from: Veronica Cook, Yoland Phelps, Charlyn Dozier, and Seleatha McGee et al. vs. Howard Industries, Feb. 25, 2011, CIVIL ACTION NO: 2:11CV41KS-MTP
PARTIES
4.
The named Plaintiffs herein all are non-Latino, all applied for employment at Howard Industries’ Laurel, Mississippi transformer manufacturing plant during the relevant time period, and all were not hired by Howard Industries due to their race. The individual plaintiffs are:

1. Yolanda Phelps is an adult African-American resident of Jones County, Mississippi.

2. Veronica Cook is an adult African-American resident of Jasper County, Mississippi.

3. Seleatha McGee is an adult African-American resident of Jones County, Mississippi.

4. Charlyn Dozier is an adult African-American resident of Erie County, Mississippi.

The defendant, Howard Industries, Inc. (“Howard Industries”), is a Mississippi corporation with its principal place of business in Laurel, Mississippi. Howard Industries can be served with process through its registered agent, Richard L. Yoder, at 415 N. Magnolia Street, Suite 400, Laurel, Mississippi 3 9441.

FACTS

14.

At all times material to this action, Howard Industries was a leading manufacturer of electrical transmission and distribution equipment with a transformer manufacturing facility in Laurel, Mississippi.

15.

As early as August 2000, Howard Industries devised, implemented, carried out, and controlled an employment policy whereby Latino job applicants, all or nearly all being undocumented Mexican immigrants, were given preferential treatment in hiring at Howard Industries’ transformer manufacturing facility in Laurel, Mississippi. Pursuant to this policy, non-Latino applicants for employment were intentionally and routinely refused employment at Howard Industries’ Laurel facility due to their race.

16.

In furtherance of this discriminatory policy, and as evidence of Howard Industries’ discriminatory preference for Latino applicants and employees, Howard Industries accepted false identity documents from undocumented Latino applicants and employees, concealed the fact that hundreds of its employees were undocumented Latino immigrants, hired undocumented Latino immigrants without regard for the fact that they did not have valid Social Security numbers, instructed undocumented Latino applicants and employees regarding how to obtain false identity documents, and wouid warn undocumented Latino employees if federal immigration officials were expected to conduct an inspection at the Laurel facility.

Humberto Gonzalez, Howard Industries’ Human Resource Manager during the relevant time period, has been convicted offederal criminal charges arising from his participation in the scheme described herein. Howard Industries has been convicted of conspiracy to violate immigration laws arising out of its hiring and retention of undocwnented employees.

18.

During the relevant time period, Howard Industries refused to hire non-Latino job applicants, or considered their applications with disfavor, due to their race.

19.

There existed no compelling legal reason to justify Howard Industries’ discriminatory preference for Latino applicants and employees.

20.

Beginning in July of 2006 and continuing through July of 2008, Plaintiff Yolanda Phelps repeatedly applied for employment at Howard Industries’ transformer manufacturing plant in Laurel. Yolanda Phelps was qualified to be hired was qualified to be hired inasmuch as she passed all examinations administered by Howard. Yolanda Phelps also passed the drug tests.

Yolanda Phelps was not offered employment due to the fact that she was not Latino. Howard Industries concealed from Yolanda Phelps the fact that she was not hired due to her race. Howard Industries hired Yolanda Phelps on August 28, 2008, three days after its Laurel facility was raided and immigration officials found approximately 592 undocumented employees. As a result of Defendant’s conduct, Plaintiff has suffered economic loss, humiliation, embarrassment, physical and emotional distress, and mental anguish.

21.

Plaintiff Veronica Cook applied for employment at Howard Industries’ transformer
manufacturing plant in Laurel in 2006. Veronica Cook was qualified to be hired was qualified to be hired inasmuch as she passed all examinations administered by Howard. Veronica Cook also passed the drug tests. Veronica Cook was not offered employment due to the fact that she was not Latino. Howard Industries concealed from Veronica Cook the fact that she was not hired due to her race. Howard Industries hired Veronica Cook after its Laurel facility was raided and immigration officials found approximately 592 undocumented employees. As a result of Defendant’s conduct, Plaintiff has suffered economic loss, humiliation, embarrassment, physical and emotional distress, and mental anguish.

22.

Beginning in July of 2006 and continuing through 2008, Plaintiff Seleatha McGee repeatedly applied for employment at Howard Industries’ transformer manufacturing plant in Laurel. Seleatha McGee was qualified to be hired was qualified to be hired inasmuch as she passed all examinations administered by Howard. Seleatha McGee also passed the drug tests.

Seleatha McGee was not offered employment due to the fact that she was not Latino. Howard Industries concealed from Seleatha McGree the fact that she was not hired due to her race.

Howard Industries hired Seleatha McGee in October of 2008, nearly three months after its Laurel facility was raided and immigration officials found approximately 592 undocumented employees.

As a result of Defendant’s conduct, Plaintiff has suffered economic loss, humiliation, embarrassment, physical and emotional distress, and mental anguish.

23.

Plaintiff Charlyn Dozier applied for employment at Howard Industries’ transformer manufacturing plant in Laurel every three to six months beginning in 2002 and continuing through 2008. Charlyn Dozier was qualified to be hired inasmuch as she passed all examinations administered by Howard. Charlyn Dozier also passed the drug tests. Charlyn Dozier was not offered employment due to the fact that she was not Latino. Howard Industries concealed from Charlyn Dozier the fact that she was not hired due to her race. Howard Industries hired Charlyn Dozier after its Laurel facility was raided and immigration officials found approximately 592 undocumented employees. As a result of Defendant’s conduct, Plaintiff has suffered economic loss, humiliation, embarrassment, physical and emotional distress, and mental anguish










https://www.clearinghouse.net/chDocs/public/EE-MS-0061-0001.pdf
More details of the case, which was settled: https://www.clearinghouse.net/detail.php?id=12939

https://www.bls.gov/eag/eag.ms.htm

NB: In the Clinton years some would have liked to combine college work study with welfare to work, which apparently wasn’t allowed in Mississippi. Bill Clinton was bashed as racist by upper middle class Haitians for bringing his Arkansas model to Haiti. But, there are poor white and black Americans (and Haitians) who still appreciate any job at all. If Hillary wants to raise money she should do it for the poor children of Mississippi, whose parents were deprived of jobs by racist Koch foods. She could help other poor Americans, too. How about helping Arkansas?

According to this article from Friday, illegal workers with ankle bracelets were GPS tracked in and out of Mississippi food processing facilities for over a decade! https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/politics/2019/08/09/ice-raids-federal-investigation-mississippi-poultry-plants/1960576001 Did Obama’s catch and release policy include letting them go illegally to work? It sounds like it, though we haven’t found the copy of the court documents yet. Koch Foods is hiring.