As ICE agents stood in a line outside the Greeley plant, supporters of those being questioned expressed anguish time and again.
Marta Granillo ran toward the crowd, screaming. "Why is this happening? Why?
These are our families," she said before slumping over in tears.
"Essentially, the agents stormed the plants, many of them in riot gear, in an effort designed to terrorize the work force," said Mark Lauritsen, director of a division of Washington-based United Food and Commercial Workers International. . . .They're safe now! Their union leader is mouthing platitudes!
Lauritsen, in a statement, described Swift workers as "innocent victims in an immigration system that has been hijacked by corporations for the purpose of importing an exploitable work force."
Alice Navia, who said she has lived in Greeley most of her life, heard about the raid on the radio and rushed to the school to offer her home to kids whose parents might have been taken into custody.
"I could not sit there and do nothing," Navia said. "I wanted to take all the children whose parents got arrested home."
A 20-year-old federal law [which] lists 29 different documents that employees can use to establish their identities and employment eligibility when they fill out what's known as an I-9 form to apply for work.
"No matter how high up it goes in Swift, (anyone) that is culpable in this needs to be gone after to the fullest extent of the law. We need to know who knew what and when they knew it and what they did about it."