The union that represents workers at Fresh Mark in Salem is blasting a move by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain 140 workers there.
Stuart Appelbaum, the president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), issued a statement, saying the union is “outraged by the actions of [President] Donald Trump.”
“140 people couldn’t go home to their families last night, and their children were left on their own to fend for themselves – that is unconscionable.
Yesterday, Donald Trump sent in ICE agents to separate hardworking immigrant families in an egregious show of force.
Our union is a union of hardworking people, which includes immigrants; and we stand with all immigrant workers, who are trying to support their families and better their lives. Our union will not stand for violence against immigrants; we will not stand for tearing families apart and we will not stand for the terrifying tactics of the Trump Administration.
The RWDSU is committed to assisting workers affected by this ICE raid and will continue to fight against any and all heartless attacks on immigrant workers seeking to provide for their families,” he said.
Tuesday, 140 workers were detained by ICE after a raid of the meat supplier. ICE also raided Fresh Mark plants in Canton and Massillon as part of a year-long investigation.
The union says 2,800 are employed at Fresh Mark’s three plants.
According to an ICE press release, businesses that knowingly harbor and hire undocumented immigrants as a business model must be held accountable for their actions.
ICE did not say if Fresh Mark would be charged.
Details on who is being detained haven’t been released yet.
The union says it’s working to assist families involved and says those with questions can contact JDorismond@RWDSU.org.
Appelbaum was on a plane flying to Salem on Wednesday morning and he was expected to land later in the day.