'Modern day slavery' or getting 'what they deserved?'

Zoe Greszler • Updated Jun 7, 2018 at 11:57 PM

After 114 people were arrested and detained by federal agents who raided Corso’s Flower and Garden Center locations in Perkins Township and Castalia, the community is passionately divided.

Many have taken to the Reflector’s Facebook page to share their feelings — some voicing concerns against the means used in detaining the illegal immigrants and U.S. citizens alike, and others commending the agents, encouraging the government to “send them all packing,” as one reader wrote. 

More than 300 comments were shared on the Reflector’s initial posting of the story on its Facebook page, which was shared by people throughout several states and across North America, stretching into Canada and Mexico.

Here are a few of the comments made by readers:

Tim La Vigne: “For those worried about the families, we need to look at the bigger picture. Illegal immigration is modern day slavery. These people, (who) are often hard workers looking for a better life, are convinced to skip the line by others and thus often get taken advantage of. They work under the table, so (they) cannot get workers comp. if injured. The people who hire them tell them they will be deported if they get treatment. They get paid less than (minimum) wage and then have to pay for housing. Some have to pay off the coyotes that bring them here, with sex or work slavery. Then some die in transportation as they get crammed into semis or get left in the desert with no food or water. 

“You enforce immigration because you care for everyone. Those who hire them should face larger punishment than those trying to find a better life. We could also fix the system to allow more legal immigration, but to do that you need better security to stop the flow of illegal immigration. You can also not just make them all legal to solve the problem without strong immigration. Why? Because those looking to save a buck and harm those in desperation will fire the new legal citizens and bring in a new round of illegals.”

Krystal Tock: “This law has been in place for a long time. It's just we finally have a president who is enforcing it! They knew the rules, they knew the risk. They got caught and now the law abiding citizens of the USA are the bad guys??? Its simple, want to be a US citizen, then LEGALLY become one and live in this great country and not have to worry bout looking over your shoulder. Go Trump.”

Keri Hale: “Y'all think this (expletive) is (OK), but fail to remember how this land was founded by illegal immigrants that stole this land and killed the native Americans. But that's (OK) because that was before our time right? Smh It's disgusting, we are all human beings no matter where we come from. I seriously hate this world we live in! No compassion for humanity whatsoever! The only law that was broken was being here illegally, but other than that these people busted their asses providing for their families just like we do.

(The) only difference is that they do work the jobs we don't want to work or refuse to work and for half the pay. I know (I) personally would do whatever it takes to provide for my family. And don't act like none of you have ever broken the law before. There is a special place in hell for all you people that have no heart. There are children left without parents. It's so sad, man. Breaks my heart.”

Karl Ross IV: “Crying because you had to have your hands behind your back for a little, (while) they check your information out. Not like they took you to holding for a day or two then was released let go the same day. Sue your boss who let all them illegal workers in, for inconveniencing you. See how that holds up in court. Bravo to all the men and women who participated in this round up keep it up and clean our streets up from all who entered this country the wrong way, ‘cause they are just spitting in the faces of all who did it the right way. And that's just not from Mexico but people from many other countries.”

Jody F Passeno: “With the current political and criminal climate this is not surprising, however, there is a reason the police was there, and I'll bet it was justified.”

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