These mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters feed us. A system that creates fear in them of exactly what has happened in these raids (being ripped from their families and imprisoned) attempts to keep them silent about unjust conditions. Their low wages (in 2016 poultry trimmers’ median household income was $22,510) line the pockets of higher ups in big food companies, who have such strong monopolies they can exploit workers and farmers alike without consequence. Now these workers' imprisonment will line the pockets of giant and growing private corrections facility companies that dominate the detention center system. We owe the workers respect, support, advocacy, and gratitude. Think about each of them as you eat your chicken tonight. We only have it on our plates because of the work they did. Our system, and the policies that support it, is designed to exploit food system workers for profit. Immigration policy is just one of the policies that perpetuates an unjust system that was never designed to be fair, or for the people. The law is unfair and needs to change. Our hatred of others is a cultural strategy manufactured to encourage us to allow the oppression of many for the benefit of a few. That also needs to change. Read this statement by food, farm and labor organizations.