The Georgia town of Stillmore would have been wise to remember the bible.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:Maybe the the town and Crider Inc. poultry plant should have thought of this quote when not adhering to US immigration laws. From Associated Press.
STILLMORE, Ga. · Trailer parks lie abandoned. The poultry plant is scrambling to replace more than half its workforce. Business has dried up at stores where Mexican laborers once lined up to buy food, beer and cigarettes.I feel sorry for the child, Victor Perez-Lopez. As to the businesses in town they were either foolish, or in Crider Inc case, were criminal. If you base your livelihood, around people who violate the law, you're in for a fall.(Like Jesus would say, they built on sand) I feel no sympathy for anyone there who are now hurting because ICE did a crackdown there.
This Georgia community of about 1,000 people has become little more than a ghost town since Sept. 1, when federal agents began rounding up illegal immigrants.
The sweep has had the unintended effect of underscoring just how vital the illegal immigrants were to the local economy.
More than 120 illegal immigrants have been loaded onto buses bound for immigration courts in Atlanta, 189 miles away. Hundreds more fled Emanuel County. Residents say many scattered into the woods, camping out for days. They worry some are still hiding without food.
At least one child, born a U.S. citizen, was left behind by his Mexican parents: Victor Perez-Lopez, 2. The toddler's mother, Rosa Lopez, left her son with Julie Rodas when the raids began and fled the state. The boy's father was deported to Mexico.
"When his momma brought this baby here and left him, tears rolled down her face and mine too," Rodas said. "She said, `Julie, will you please take care of my son because I have no money, no way of paying rent?"'
For five years, Rodas has made a living watching the children of workers at the Crider Inc. poultry plant, where the vast majority of employees were Mexican immigrants. She learned Spanish, and considered many immigrants among her closest friends. She threw parties for their children's birthdays and baptisms.
Federal agents also swarmed into a trailer park operated by David Robinson. Illegal immigrants were handcuffed and taken away. Robinson bought an American flag and posted it by the pond out front -- upside down, in protest.
Then the curious thing about this article, is that no one who was effected financially is quoted. Are they too ashamed of their actions, or is Associated Press making things up in order to create sympathy? The story is VERY thin on details, and has to leave you wondering.
Update- There is more to AP's reporting that was left out from the Sun-Sentinel website. A woman is even quoted as how she benefited from the roundup. She got a new job for two dollars more an hour? So now law abiding people are helped while those who broke the law and looked the other way got hurt. What is unfair about that?
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