kosher meat and illegal immigration

Wow. We're a bit ashamed to admit we have just learned of this story--about the raid on the largest Kosher slaughterhouse in America and we're blown away by it. One article asks a great question, "Can a company meet religious standards if it violates ethical ones?"

However, we'd expand upon that and ask, can an American company defining itself as "Kosher" still be "Kosher" while it is in the process of completely neglecting and breaking US law--thereby endangering the lives of Americans? We'd be very interested in learning about the Torah approach to the issues. Certainly, throughout History, Jews have had to breaks laws of their host countries to survive. Also, many Jews ourselves have been illegal immigrants at one point or another. Perhaps this is how the "Kosher" slaughterhouse rationalized their behavior.

However, right now in America there really is no good reason to be breaking immigration laws, which in our opinion, should be made much stronger---all things considered.

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