News of Tuesday’s immigration raid at Mishawaka’s Janco plant has prompted responses from many viewers; some folks praising ice, some condemning Janco, and some sympathize with the workers and their families.
But for others, the news was a hot lead on a new job.
We asked managers at Janco today how many applicants have come in since Tuesday.
Their reply was the same as it has been to any question we've asked since the raid, "No comment."
Although we couldn’t get an official number, from across the street, we saw a steady stream of applicants -- filing in and out of Janco's human resource office.
Job seekers tell us they're ready and willing to fill the at least 36 spots left vacant as a result of Tuesday’s immigration raid, whatever those jobs may be, ”I’m not sure. I just applied for any openings that they had available,” Lisa Alexander tells us after filling out an application
“Anything, whatever they have available, that’s what I’m looking for,” Issac Alexander says of the position he hopes he gets.
While the raid may have created an opportunity for them, some applicants say they feel bad for the arrested workers, “There’s an up and down to it. Its down for them, it’s up for people who don’t have a job right now,” one applicant says. Lisa Alexander adds “people need a job, if they're illegal that’s bad, but they needed a job too.”
But others saw it differently.
“I see it like this; the illegal immigrants are taking all of our jobs really, that’s why we don’t have jobs really,” one job seeker tells us. Issac Patton adds that the arrests are,” creating jobs for people who actually live her in the United States, its a good thing for me.”
Of the 36 Janco employees that were arrested on Tuesday, federal agents tell us most will be eligible to post bond and will possibly be released until their deportation hearings.
Five have agreed to deportation; they'll be transported to Mexico as soon as possible.
Two had previously been arrested on illegal immigration charges; they will automatically be deported.