If you’d like to see the economic effects of our current immigration crackdown, look no further than a Chicago bakery that lost 800 workers to an ICE raid. According to several news reports, Cloverhill Bakery — a Swiss-owned bakery with a branch in Chicago — announced that 35 percent of their workers will have to be replaced after immigration officials conducted a raid there sometime earlier this year.
Chicago immigration raid leaves bakery scrambling to rehire after 800 workers lost https://t.co/lhQHZrZnyw
— donna burnett (@donnaburnett11) November 29, 2017
The company that owns Cloverhill, Aryzta AG, wasn’t specific on when the actual raid took place, but their annual report shows a financial loss during the summer. The bakery, which supplies hamburger buns to McDonald’s, saw a 7 percent decrease in sales as a result of the raid, and according to Aryzta AG CEO Kevin Toland, that will trickle down to higher prices for the consumer.
“It’s proceeding very, very slowly because it’s like having a brand new factory and a brand new workforce,” Toland said to The Chicago Tribune. “That’s presenting a lot of challenges, as you can imagine.”
As the company attempts to stabilize, they are now working to garner a whole new staff and raise their wages. According to a local Chicago news affiliate, all of this has caused the bakery to lose $21 million.