Tyson Foods Fires Over 1,000 Americans, Seeks To Fill Spots In New Facilities With ‘Asylum Seekers’: Report

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Tyson Foods seems to be dedicated to screwing over Americans as they shutter a pork plant in Iowa while recruiting thousands of illegal immigrants for other factory positions.

The company announced on Monday it will lay off 1,276 American employees including legal migrants at its pork plant in Perry, Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. It’s a small close-knit town of 8,147 which has little crime and a family atmosphere.

While Tyson Foods is shutting down in Iowa, it is opening factory positions in other states such as New York. The company is allegedly seeking 52,000 illegal immigrants to fill those positions.

It doesn’t stop there either. The company has reportedly allocated $1.5 million a year to provide legal aid services to these new employees. They will be given temporary housing, on-site childcare, transportation, relocation stipends, and will even be paid to take off time from work to attend immigration court hearings. The company will also hold job fairs for them.

“After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close our Perry, Iowa, pork plant,” a Tyson Foods spokesperson told Fox Business on Tuesday.

The spokesperson coldly added that shuttering the plant “emphasizes our focus to optimize the efficiency of our operations to best serve our customers.”

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Tyson Foods is struggling as a company according to Fox Business, “In 2023, Tyson Foods indicated six chicken processing facilities would close permanently, and more recently, the company added a pair of ‘case ready value-added’ beef plants to the list of closures, according to the company’s first-quarter earnings report. The shuttering of those facilities, which are located across six states, is meant to ‘optimize asset utilization.’”

The announcement came as a shock to employees who had no prior notice this was coming. Perry Mayor Dirk Cavanaugh told Reuters in an interview that the pork plant is slated to close on June 28.

“It’s a big blow to the community,” he stated. “It’s our largest employer in the area. It’s going to be tough to figure out what to do without them.”

The company has other Iowa plants that employ over 9,000 people. Tyson Foods reported in September that it employed 139,000 workers, including 114,000 in “non-corporate sites” across the country.

“Taking care of our team members is our top priority and we encourage them to apply for other open roles within the company,” the Tyson Foods spokesperson told Fox Business. “We are also working closely with state and local officials to provide additional resources to those who are impacted.”

In the first quarter of this year, Tyson Foods reported $1.52 billion in quarterly sales. Its adjusted operating income for the quarter saw a profit of $68 million thanks to “improved spreads driven by lower hog cost, as well as better execution,” CFO John Tyson said during the company’s first-quarter earnings call.

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“Tyson Foods said last month it ‘anticipate[s] adjusted operating income of breakeven to $100 million in fiscal 2024’ for the pork segment,” Fox Business noted.

In a statement, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds commented that nearly 60,000 jobs are posted on Iowa’s Workforce Development website, “Tyson employees, the Perry community, and Iowa pork producers will have the full support of the state in the months leading up to the plant closure and after. Iowa Economic Development Authority and Iowa Workforce Development are already engaged. We stand ready to assist impacted employees with new jobs in the area as soon as possible.”