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Midwest farm town, transformed by immigration, thrives

June 20, 2012 by Reuters

When he won a so-called diversity visa, he came to Illinois, where he found a job cutting out hog tongues at the meatpacking plant in Beardstown, a small river town about 200 miles southwest of Chicago. "Leaving a teaching position and pulling ... When the plant experienced high turnover rates in the late 1990s and early to mid-2000s, he said, "there were some employee recruiting trips within the U.S., to areas of high unemployment ... and its possessions such as Puerto Rico." Areas where Cargill recruited included ...

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