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04/18/08- Longview

Businesses Slow After Mount Pleasant Arrests

      Some Mount Pleasant businesses are feeling the effects from the Hispanic community after arrests earlier this week. Several dozen were arrested and many more were scared, as 38 workers at the Mount Pleasant Pilgrim's Pride plant now face indictments for working under stolen social security numbers. Mount Pleasant's population is 37-percent Hispanic, more than a third, and one business owner tells us, many of her customers are now scared to go out.

   "I was very very busy, and now I have noticed that there not many people coming in a lot of them have called and told me they are leaving town, they're not going to stay in mount pleasant most of them are going home back to Mexico" says Mount Pleasant Business owner Juanita Davila.

     The workers arrested in that raid are spread out among East Texas jails awaiting trials beginning June 3rd.

   Bob Hallmark, Reporting

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