Local Leaders Meet to Help

by Christa Smith

Local Lufkin community leaders met tonight to discuss the issue with Pilgrims Pride.  While they aren't advocating illegal immigrants they still want to help them in their time of need.

Pilgrims Pride announced they are laying off any workers that can not show proof of eligibility to work in the United States.  For Lufkin, that means between 400 and 500 employees.  That is leaving many of them how they will pay rent and provide food and clothing for their families.

At tonight's meeting they discussed possibly getting grants and donations to help with immediate issues.  They also hope in the future to set up programs that will help people learn the process of getting a green card.  Tonight was just the beginning step in the process of helping laid off workers.  Community leaders will meet again some time next week to continue fighting the battle.