Sunday, August 03, 2008

Tyson Foods Brings Latent Tuberculosis to Emporia, Kansas

Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook

Photo from the Topeka Capital-Journal. Their caption reads:
Courtesy / Kansas Health Institute
An estimated 750 to 1,000 Somali refugees are living in Emporia, a magnet because of jobs at the Tyson Foods meatpacking plant. Many have latent tuberculosis.

H/T to Texas Fred and his comment thread.

Tyson Foods' blatant disregard for the institutions of America is worse than we thought - and it stretches outside just the Shelbyville, TN plant.

Here's how the Topeka Capital-Journal under the heading "Somalis arrive in Emporia with tuberculosis" describes the "exotic, new arrivals:"
EMPORIA — When hundreds of Somali refugees began showing up to work at the meatpacking plant, nurses Lori Torres and Renee Hively were among the first to get to know the exotic, new arrivals.

"We got notified a day in advance that 70 Somalis were being transferred from a (Tyson Foods) plant in Nebraska," Hively recalled. "That 70 soon grew into 400, seemingly overnight."...Torres is the case manager for about 160 Somalis in Emporia who have been diagnosed with latent tuberculosis....

WHERE WAS the Center for Disease Control?

I found the following at
Section 212(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act states that aliens with specific health-related conditions are ineligible to receive visas and ineligible for admission into the United States. The Attorney General may waive application of this inadmissibility on health-related grounds if an application for waiver is filed and approved by the consular office considering the application for a visa. The Division of Migration and Quarantine, NCID uses this application primarily to collect information to establish and maintain records of waiver applicants in order to notify the Immigration and Naturalization Service when terms, conditions and controls imposed by waiver are not met. NCID is requesting the extension of this data for 3 years. There total estimated annualize burden is 167 hours.
More from the Topeka Capital-Journal:
...each of the department's [Tyson's] nurses divided the case management responsibilities, but with the surge it was decided Torres would take them all, in essence creating a full-time tuberculosis nurse position. They also persuaded the clinic's managers to hire a full-time Somali translator. [Your package of chicken fingers just went up a quarter.}
Here's the EXOTIC word again:
The Somalis are the most recent and perhaps most exotic wave for this city of about 25,000 people. Not everyone in Emporia has been welcoming. There have been incidents of vandalism and an armed robbery attempt at the Ayan Restaurant, a Somali-owned eatery that also serves as an informal community center for the refugees.

An article posted Nov. 3 on the Emporia Gazette Web site about a state grant to Catholic Community Services to help the Somalis settling in Emporia drew scores of angry, anonymous reader reactions, including this one:

"Emporia is going to be its own 3rd world country before long because of all the damn, bleeding hearts."

"They came post 9/11. They're black and they're Muslim," Hively said, describing some of the hostility demonstrated toward the Somalis. "Emporia didn't have many black people before. This is a small town."
If you haven't caught the latest news, Tyson contractually, with its Union, canceled Labor Day - no joking here - at their Shelbyville, TN plant and replaced it with a Muslim holiday sometime each Fall.

Let us put Tyson Foods out of business!
No extraordinary measures needed.
No time out of your day
Just don't buy anything made by Tyson Foods

Tyson is not only about chicken. They sell beef and pork products, including bacon. One of my readers suggested that we query restaurants. Are they using Tyson for their chicken fingers, hot wings, etc.?

Don't buy Tyson until Labor Day is acknowledged again at their Shelbyville plant and these refugees are sent back home.

Contact Information
Mail: Tyson Foods, Inc.
P.O. Box 2020
Springdale, AR 72764-6999
Telephone: 1-800-643-3410

Consumer Relations CP631
2210 West Oaklawn Drive
Springdale, AR 72764-6999

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  1. It's a shame and I so enjoyed those little chicken nuggets before I knew they employed so many ahem... foreigners.... Here piggy piggy piggy.... you know what.. never mind Pig. Food from Tyson and the RWDSU Tyson workforce isn't even good enough for pigs any longer. There are plenty of United States citizens from the United States to fill the positions needed to kick all the somalians back to their country. I hope tyson goes bankrupt. I originally thought the outrage was because they spit in the face of Labor Day... but now.. my irritation lies with the outrageous numbers of somalians they employ.

  2. Good grief! How much are we as American's going to take before we say "enough is enough"???
    We are SUPPOSE to have politicans looking after our interest..What a laugh that is..Vote them all out and let's start all over. Newbies cannot do any worse than what we have now..

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