Hundreds Of Immigrants Leave Smithfield Slaughterhouse

Hundreds of workers at a Smithfield Packing Company plant are quietly leaving their jobs or no longer showing up for work.

Those absences at the world's largest hog slaughterhouse in Tar Heel follow a crackdown on illegal immigrants employed there.

Company spokesman Dennis Pittman says some have submitted resignation letters and collected pay for unused vacation. He says that others identified by the company in November as having unverifiable employment documents quit without notice.

In all, Pittman said about 300 employees had left the plant on their own as of yesterday.