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800 Illegal Aliens Arrested in ICE Sting At Chicago Bakery

Posted: November 30, 2017 at 5:32 am   /   by

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) raid on a Swiss-owned, McDonald’s Corp. bakery in Chicago earlier this year led to the detainment of 800 illegal aliens who were working there—nearly one third of their staff.

The bakery, which made hamburger buns, has since said it’s struggling to run a Chicago bakery after the substantial blow to its work force brought about by the clampdown.

Bloomberg reported that the Cloverhill Bakery is having a hard-time replacing the staff, along pressures to raise wages, and has lost $21 million due to the disruption.

About 35 percent of the workers at Cloverhill Bakery had to be replaced, according to Zurich-based Aryzta AG. The company, which makes baked goods for fast-food chains and supermarkets, said the employees were supplied by a job-placement agency that faced federal audits earlier this year.

“It’s proceeding very, very slowly because it’s like having a brand new factory and a brand new workforce,” Chief Executive Officer Kevin Toland said on a call with analysts. “That’s presenting a lot of challenges, as you can imagine.”

The raid on workers at Cloverhill is one of the biggest U.S. employment headaches reported by a European company so far as President Donald Trump has made curbing undocumented immigration a centerpiece of his presidency. Aryzta said it faces challenges in retaining staff in the U.S. and pressure to raise wages.

The Cloverhill issues led to a 7 percent decline in Aryzta’s sales from North America in the three months through October. The increase in employment costs — which is affecting retailers and restaurants nationwide — will eventually lead to higher consumer prices, Toland said.

Aryzta wasn’t able to verify that the workers had the necessary documents to work because they were brought in by a staffing agency, interim Chief Financial Officer David Wilkinson said in September. He also said the board wasn’t aware of the extent of the risk that existed to the business. The company first reported the loss of 800 workers at that time.

It is not surprising that Aryzta didn’t think there was a risk, because until this President, no one was bothering to enforce immigration law. That has all changed, and it is to the betterment of American citizens. Notice some of the problems faced by Aryzta in the aftermath include, dealing with pressure to raise wages. Having non-citizens allows companies to pay less for work, and that depresses wages for everyone else. However, when they have to hire citizens, they inevitably have to pay more for these new citizen, or properly documented workers, and that increases wages all around.

Now extrapolate this companies problems across the nation into other businesses, and you can see how the huge illegal alien population is hurting American’s in real terms. Thank God there is a president who is actually doing the job of protecting the American citizens again.

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Joseph Morgan

Team Writer at Western Free Press
Joseph was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. He received a Master's in U.S. history, with an emphasis on American constitutionalism from the UA, with a minor in Aerospace Mechanical Engineering. He took a job right out of college as a financial advisor, then switched career paths to teaching History at Pima Community College, while tutoring mathematics on the side. He also writes op-eds for the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson's largest newspaper, and has recently begun a new, live, calling radio show Common Sense heard every Saturday at 1 p.m. on 1030 AM KVOI, The Voice. He has a passion for politics and debate, believing that, we the people, must converse with each other about ideas and become engaged in the political formative process, as opposed to simply reacting to what government does. His ideological emphasis, in which he believes everyone can find common ground, is natural rights philosophy.
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800 Illegal Aliens Arrested in ICE Sting At Chicago Bakery