The New Slavery: Tennessee Factory Busted For Employing Migrant Children

Brittany M. Hughes | March 26, 2024
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Remember those 85,000 or so immigration children the Biden administration lost after shoving them through the turnstile at the border? We may have found a few of them.

At least 10 immigrant children under the legal working age were found working at a Tennessee plant that makes lawn mower parts for power equipment companies including John Deere, Toro, and Yamaha. Tuff Torq has been fined $300,000 for employing children as young as 14, and has been ordered to cough up another $1.5 million in assistance for the children themselves.

According to NBC News, “Coria, southeast regional administrator for the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, described an environment that he says caused anxiety among his investigators who witnessed children as young as 14 working late at night at the 24-hour manufacturing facility amid power-driven equipment that was being moved around the plant.”

Knox News reports that "investigators witnessed a child operating a 'power-driven hoisting apparatus' like a forklift." Per the law, such equipment should only be operated by employees over the age of 18.

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The company’s lawyer claimed Tuff Torq didn’t hire the children directly, but that they “used fake names and false credentials to obtain jobs through a temporary staffing agency.”

It’s not clear from the report where the children had immigrated from, or whether they were lawfully in the United States. However, it’s not uncommon for illegal alien children to be employed against federal workplaces laws. One recent New York Times article detailed children as young as 10 working as day laborers, roofing houses, or slaving away in slaughterhouses and processed food factories filled with dangerous heavy equipment.

But hey, what's a little child exploitation when you can score political points, eh Joe?

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