Koch Foods Confirms Morton, Mississippi Facility Raided by ICE Agents

by Jenn Archer | Aug 08, 2019

CONTACT: Jim Gilliland 423.227.8206 

            Jackson, MS (August 8, 2019) On Wednesday, August 7, U.S. Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HIS), in partnership with 
the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi, raided seven different 
Mississippi food processing plants, including one of Koch’s processing facility in Morton, 
            Koch Foods is cooperating with the government’s ongoing investigation. Koch is 
diligent about its compliance with state and federal employment eligibility laws including 
being an early adopter of the government’s own E-Verify program which screens new hires 
through the Social Security Administration, as well as the Department of Homeland 
Security to ensure they are compliant. 
            Koch’s Morton facility, which employs more than 1,000 people, did not operate 
during the first shift today and is trying to determine how many employees were detained 
by federal authorities. The company intends to continue to operate all shifts at the facility 
and minimize customer impact. 
            Koch is monitoring the situation closely and encourages families of employees 
detained to contact the ICE hotline for further information at 1-888-351-4024. 


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