- GREELEY -- The line of applicants
hoping to fill jobs vacated by undocumented workers taken away by immigration
agents at the Swift & Co. meat-processing plant earlier this week was
out the door Thursday.
- Among them was Derrick Stegall, who carefully filled
out paperwork he hoped would get him an interview and eventually land him
a job as a slaughterer. Two of his friends had been taken away by Immigration
and Customs Enforcement agents and he felt compelled to fill their rubber
- "Luckily, they had no wives or family they left
behind. But it was still sad. They left their apartments filled with all
their stuff. I took two dogs one of them had. The other guy had a cat I
gave to my sister," he said.
- Greg Bonifacio heard about the job openings on television
and brought his passport, his Colorado driver's license, his Social Security
card and even a color photograph of himself as a young Naval officer to
prove his military service.
- "I don't want to hassle with any identification
problems because of my last name," said Bonifacio, a 59- year-old
Thornton resident of Filipino heritage.
- As it turned out, the Colorado Workforce office that
was taking applications did not require any identification.
- That would come later for those who made it past the
- Bonifacio was hoping to get a job in production or fabrication.
So was Nathan Korgan, a former construction worker whose company closed
and moved to California.
- "I feel bad for the kids, but good for me,"
said Korgan of Tuesday's raid.
- Like many others who had mixed emotions about the raid,
Maxine Hernandez said she was upset that families were torn apart, but
believes illegal immigrants should not get work using fake documents.
- "I guess I'm in the middle," she said. "But
I do think they should have planned (the raid) better so that innocent
children wouldn't be left behind."
- Hernandez, who had gone to the employment office because
her husband was there to apply for unemployment insurance, decided to apply
for a job at Swift on a whim.
- "My whole family used to work there. My mom, my
aunt, uncles," she said. "I guess it sort of runs in our blood."