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Global meatpacking giant goes all in for refugee labor

Article author: 
Heo Hohmann
Article publisher: 
World Net Daily
Article date: 
October 24, 2017
Article category: 
Immigration Impact
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The U.S. headquarters for Brazil-based JBS Swift meat company in Greeley, Colorado. (Photo courtesy Refugee Resettlement Watch)

 
A Lutheran resettlement agency that places United Nations refugees into dozens of U.S. cities and towns is working with the world’s largest meatpacking conglomerate to train refugees for work in four American states while also softening up the local natives to be more “welcoming.”
 
The secretive pilot program between Baltimore-based Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the U.S. subsidiary of JBS Swift aims to pump more refugees into Georgia, Texas, Iowa and Michigan to work in the company’s meat plants. If successful, the pilot program could be renewed for a second year and replicated at JBS meat plants across the U.S., WND has learned.
 
See an interactive map of JBS Swift meat plants in the United States.
 
JBS Swift, the Brazilian-based global meat-processing giant, has agreed to pay Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, or LIRS, $155,000 to implement the pilot program over the next year in the four states, according to a draft of the partnership agreement obtained by WND from a person with inside knowledge of the deal.
​“The shock here is to find out that a religious agency is being paid by a foreign global corporation to train refugees and ultimately transform the demographics of small towns in America’s heartland,” said Ann Corcoran [of Refugee Resettlement Watch]...