Reports state that the Cloverhill Bakery on the Northwest Side, lost more than a third of its employees who didn’t have sufficient documentation as a proof of their legal presence in the country. The famous Chicago bakery lost 800 workers to an immigration raid earlier this year.
The Swiss-based company makes hamburger buns for McDonald’s and other chain restaurants.
The owners of Cloverhill Bakery, which opened in 1961 in Galewood and was purchased in 2014 by a Swiss Company, reported they’ve million as a result of this action.
The annual report from the company "following this disruption stated that locations incurred €16.3m of losses during June and July 2017."
The bakery used an unnamed staffing agency to make the recruitments and said that it didn’t verify the immigration statuses of its employees. This is a fairly frequent occurrence in the hospitality and agriculture industries.
There have been smaller raids targeting food businesses, such as in February in Mississippi, where ICE detained 55 immigrants from local Asian restaurants. However, many raids aren’t made public, as ICE won’t confirm their activities. That leads to rumors about the occurrences of raids all across the country, from North Dakota to Massachusetts to Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Returning to this case, the company runs 24 bakeries in America and Canada.
Chicago is a Sanctuary City in which city officials vow they’ll protect immigrant workers. That is certainly great on the local level, but not likely to garner attention of federal lawmakers. However, when a large European conglomerate reports that the new immigration policy has negative effects on its bottom line, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate priorities.
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