That's right. Your favorite kosher meatpacker is no longer…
But Agriprocessors may get its title back. Here's why:
1. The ICE raid on Agriprocessors only netted 32% of the illegal workers sought. The feds actually had warrants for 697 illegals. They only caught 220 of them. But the feds found more illegal workers during the raid – workers the feds had previously been unaware of.
2. This means that Agriprocessors may still hold the record for most illegal workers sought on the day of a raid.
3. At this point, hundreds of Agriprocessors' workers have been charged with aggravated identity theft. (Almost all pleaded to lesser charges.) So far, only 8 Howard Industries employees have been so charged.
We'll have to wait for the dust to settle to see if Agriprocessors gets all or part of its record back. But, as it now stands, in terms of straight volume, Agriprocessors is #2.
[It should be noted that, so far, there are no allegations at Howard of extortion, sexual exploitation and abuse of these illegal workers. Agriprocessors, of course, has many such allegations made against it– and much hard evidence exists to prove them true.]