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Thursday, June 12, 2008

OPB: Workers Mark Anniversary Of Del Monte Fresh Raid

By April Baer
OPB News
Workers' rights groups are marking the anniversary Thursday of an immigration raid on a Portland food-processing plant. April Baer reports that some of the workers arrested that day are still trying to get their cases resolved.

One year ago, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 168 people at Portland's Del Monte Fresh Produce plant.

Since then, dozens have been deported, or left the country in other ways. Only a handful are left.

At a vigil in front of the Del Monte Fresh plant, protestors made speeches and sang songs, including this Woody Guthrie classic from the 40s, about migrant workers.

"...north to Oregon to gather your hops..."

David Leslie of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon says federal immigration raids aren't hitting the problem at its source.

David Leslie: "We felt then as we feel now that this raid, one year ago, did nothing to further the faith community's call for the development of a humane, respectful, and family-centered approach to immigration reform."

Some of the arrested workers are trying to file a class action lawsuit to recoup wages they earned before the raid. >>continue


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