Tyson to Shut Down Springdale Plant Monday in Anticipation of Immigration Rallies

APRIL 28, 2006 - Posted at 4:08 p.m. CST

SPRINGDALE, AR - The world's largest meat producer is joining other meatpackers in a temporary shutdown Monday, because many workers plan to attend immigration rallies.

Tyson Foods says it's not encouraging the participation, but it understands the May 1 protest sentiments and supports "comprehensive immigration reform."

With Congress debating immigration laws, immigrant organizations are asking people to skip work and avoid shopping Monday to show the economic power of immigrants.

The country's second-biggest beef processor, Cargill, is also giving workers in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Texas and Colorado the day off.

At the same time, counter-campaigns to keep illegal immigrants from getting government services are underway in states like Colorado and Minnesota.

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