Swift officials reacted quickly to this morning's raids.
Company President and CEO Sam Rovit says " Swift has never condoned the employment of unauthorized workers, nor have we ever knowingly hired such individuals."
Swift officials say all their employees fill out I-9 forms which state they are legal citizens. It criticized the raids, claiming they violated previous government agreements relating to a federal pilot worker program. Since 1997, Swift has participated in the worker authorization program to confirm whether social security numbers are valid. Company officials have previously said one shortcoming may be questions about the program's ability to detect when two people are using the same number.
A statement on the company's website states:
"Swift believes that today's actions by the government violate the agreements associated with the Company's participation over the past ten years in the federal government's Basic Pilot worker authorization program and raise serious questions as to the government's possible violation of individual workers' civil rights."
"Swift has played by the rules and relied in good faith on a program explicitly held out by the President of the United States as an effective tool to help employers comply with applicable immigration laws." Sam Rovit, Swift's chief executive, also said in the statement
They also say the government is in possible violation of the workers civil rights.
Swift says no criminal charges have been filed against the company or current employees at this time.
They also say their plants have been temporarily suspended.
Officials are not sure when things will back to normal.... It all depends on how many workers are taken away.