Glenn Beck: Modern Day Slavery




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GLENN: Okay. I don't know why this argument hasn't caught on. I don't know why everybody is not saying it is modern day slavery. Well, here it is in the New York Times. Federal immigration agents raided the kosher meat packing plant in May, rounded up 389 illegal immigrants. They found more than 20 underage workers, some as young as 13 years old. Now these young immigrants have been -- these young immigrants -- have begun to tell investigators about their job. Some say they work shifts of 12 hours or more, wield be razor edge knives and saws to slice freshly killed beef. Some work through the night, sometimes six nights a week. One Guatemalan named Elmer L. who was 16 when he started working on the plant's killing floor said he was working 17 hour shifts six days a week. In an affidavit he said he was constantly tired, didn't have the time to do anything but work and sleep. He said, "I was very, very sad." Quote, "I felt as though I were a slave." You felt like you were -- you were a slave. "Labor investigators have reaped a Bounty of new evidence from testimony of illegal immigrants, teenagers and adults who were caught on the raid. Formal declarations, immigrants have illegal ( -- illegal immigrants, New York Times fails to put that word in there, have subscribed pervasive labor violations at the plant, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Out of work and facing deportation proceedings, many of the immigrants say they have nothing to lose about speaking up about the conditions in the plant. They have told investigators that they were routinely put to work without any safety training and were forced to work long shifts without overtime or rest time. Underage workers, many as young as 13, said their bosses knew how young they were. Because of the dangers of the work, it is illegal in Iowa for a company to employ anyone under 18 on the floor of a meat packing plant. Some of these boys don't even shave. They're teenagers. Investigators say -- investigations are also underway. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating allegations of sexual harassment of women at the plant. Lawyers for the immigrants are preparing a suit under the Fair Labor Standards Act for wage and hour violations. In one episode an informant said a floor supervisor had blindfolded an immigrant with duct tape. The floor supervisor then took one of the meat hooks and hit the Guatemalan with him. So far 297 illegal immigrants from May have been convicted of document fraud, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. They are spending five months in prison after which they will be deported. Most of the young immigrants were hired at the agri-processors after they presented false Social Security cards and other documents saying they were older than they were. When I was asked how old I was, they could see sometimes I couldn't keep up with the work. Elmer L. said he regularly worked 17 hours a day, blah, blah, blah, much of the work was very, very, hard, they didn't give me many breaks, I wasn't getting much sleep. He said he was clearing cow innards from the slaughter floor when a supervisor described as a rabbi began yelling at him, then kicked him from behind. The blow caused a freshly sharpened knife to fly up and cut his elbow. He was sent to the hospital with the doctors, closed the laceration (where the doctors closed the laceration with eight stitches but he said when he returned with his elbow still stinging, he asked for some time off, his supervisor said get back to work. The next day as he was lifting a cow's tongue, the stitches ruptured. He began to bleed again. He was given a bandage at the plant and sent back to work yet again. A Guatemalan who said she was 16 said she worked at night plucking chickens. She said she was working to help her parents pay off debt.

This is slavery and this is the most amazing thing in this story. So far 297 illegal immigrants from the raid in May have been convicted of document fraud and other criminal charges and most were sentenced to five months in prison after which they will be deported. Where is the line about the people who hired these people? Why are they not in prison for a year? Why does this company still have its doors open? This is slavery. This is exactly the same argument that the South was using on slavery: "Well, we can't make it. We won't be able to keep our doors open. Well, the evil North just wants to make slaves out of the entire South because their economy isn't run on slaves. Well, we have slaves. We can't do it. What will happen to us? Right is right; wrong is wrong, period. When it comes to slavery, do you want your kosher meat that badly? Have we really, truly forgotten who we were? Have we forgotten what's going on in the world, where slavery is actually happening and we say to people all the time, you know, stop with the -- stop with the complaints of slavery that happened 150 years ago. I get it. It was 150 years ago. There is slavery happening in the world today. Well, we know that slavery is happening on our own shores today. And how is it I'm a hate monger for pointing this out? How is it you're a hate monger for pointing this out? How is it that this world is so upside down, this country is so upside down that this isn't the winning argument? I think it's because not enough conservatives are making it. Stop calling it illegal immigration. Start calling it modern day slavery. Start calling it what it is. It is slavery for profits and it is slavery for votes, period. Slavery. When we start calling -- if it looks like a duck, it quacks like a duck, it's a duck. When we start calling this duck by its real name, slavery, it will end.

On Friday's radio program, Bill O'Reilly joins Glenn Beck discuss the possible outcomes for the Democrats in 2020.

Why are former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama working overtime to convince Americans they're more moderate than most of the far-left Democratic presidential candidates? Is there a chance of a Michelle Obama vs. Donald Trump race this fall?

O'Reilly surmised that a post-primary nomination would probably be more of a "Bloomberg play." He said Michael Bloomberg might actually stand a chance at the Democratic nomination if there is a brokered convention, as many Democratic leaders are fearfully anticipating.

"Bloomberg knows he doesn't really have a chance to get enough delegates to win," O'Reilly said. "He's doing two things: If there's a brokered convention, there he is. And even if there is a nominee, it will probably be Biden, and Biden will give [him] Secretary of State or Secretary of Treasury. That's what Bloomberg wants."

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Friday, award-winning investigative reporter John Solomon, a central figure in the impeachment proceedings, explained his newly filed lawsuit, which seeks the records of contact between Ukraine prosecutors and the U.S. Embassy officials in Kiev during the 2016 election.

The records would provide valuable information on what really happened in Ukraine, including what then-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter were doing with Ukrainian energy company, Burisma Holdings, Solomon explained.

The documents, which the State Department has withheld thus far despite repeated requests for release by Solomon, would likely shed light on the alleged corruption that President Donald Trump requested to be investigated during his phone call with the president of Ukraine last year.

With the help of Southeastern Legal Foundation, Solomon's lawsuit seeks to compel the State Department to release the critical records. Once released, the records are expected to reveal, once and for all, exactly why President Trump wanted to investigate the dealings in Ukraine, and finally expose the side of the story that Democrats are trying to hide in their push for impeachment.

"It's been a one-sided story so far, just like the beginning of the Russia collusion story, right? Everybody was certain on Jan. 9 of 2017 that the Christopher Steele dossier was gospel. And our president was an agent of Russia. Three years later, we learned that all of that turned out to be bunk, " Solomon said.

"The most important thing about politics, and about investigations, is that there are two sides to a story. There are two pieces of evidence. And right now, we've only seen one side of it," he continued. "I think we'll learn a lot about what the intelligence community, what the economic and Treasury Department community was telling the president. And I bet the story was way more complicated than the narrative that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff [D-Calif.] has woven so far."

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Carter Page, a former advisor to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, found himself at the center of the Russia probe and had his reputation and career destroyed by what we now know were lies from our own intelligence system and the media.

On the TV show Thursday, Page joined Glenn Beck to speak out about how he became the subject of illegal electronic surveillance by the FBI for more than two years, and revealed the extent of the corruption that has infiltrated our legal systems and our country as a whole.

"To me, the bigger issue is how much damage this has done to our country," Page told Glenn. "I've been very patient in trying to ... find help with finding solutions and correcting this terrible thing which has happened to our country, our judicial system, DOJ, FBI -- these once-great institutions. And my bigger concern is the fact that, although we keep taking these steps forward in terms of these important findings, it really remains the tip of the iceberg."

Page was referencing the report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which revealed that the FBI made "at least 17 significant errors or omissions" in its Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications for warrants to spy on Page, a U.S. citizen.

"I think this needs to be attacked from all angles," Glenn said. "The one angle I'm interested in from you is, please tell me you have the biggest badass attorneys that are hungry, starving, maybe are a little low to pay their Mercedes payments right now, and are just gearing up to come after the government and the media. Are they?"

I can confirm that that is the case," Page replied.

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On Wednesday's TV show, Glenn Beck sat down with radio show host, author, political commentator, and film critic, Michael Medved.

Michael had an interesting prediction for the 2020 election outcome: a brokered convention by the DNC will usher in former First Lady Michelle Obama to run against President Donald Trump.

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