Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale announced that it has committed more than $1 million to provide legal services to immigrant employees and help them obtain U.S. citizenship.
The commitment expands the Tyson Immigration Partnership from seven facilities to 40 across 14 states, the company said in a news release. The company’s U.S. workforce is composed of employees from more than 160 countries who collectively speak more than 50 languages.
The meat giant partnered last year with the nonprofit groups Arkansas Immigrant Defense and Immigrant Connection to begin offering free legal services to employees and their families. Since then, the initiative has helped more than 500 workers. Those efforts include reimbursing employees for citizenship application fees, which can cost as much as $725.
“We’re working hard to help team members who want and need assistance with their lawful immigration status or the complex and expensive process of becoming a citizen,” John R. Tyson, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer, said. “We want to be the most sought-after place to work, and this is one way we hope to do that.”
Immigrant Connection is hosting monthly informational meetings for Tyson workers at 27 company locations across the U.S. Arkansas Immigrant Defense is visiting 13 locations in Arkansas.