The Sanctuary on Postville, Iowa

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The Sanctuary has in-depth accounts and critical analysis of what happened in Postville, Iowa:

On Monday, May 12, 2008, at 10:00 a.m., in an operation involving some 900 agents, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executed a raid of Agriprocessors Inc, the nation’s largest kosher slaughterhouse and meat packing plant located in the town of Postville, Iowa.

Start with this post for a comprehensive examination of what went down in Postville:

The True Story Of Postville

Erik Camayd-Freixas, an interpreter, speaks about the proceedings against undocumented immigrants arrested at a meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa:

Putting 2 and 2 Together: Julie Myers, ICE and Postville, Iowa

Postville Iowa – An Open Air Detention Center: Pro-Migrant SanctuarySphere

More evidence about injustice of Postville surfaces

Post-Postville, still more horrible stories

A small victory in Postville – owners to be charged with child labor violations

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Props to the folks at The Sanctuary for posting this information.

  • Thank you for posting this. It’s very much heartening to see people struggle in such plain, direct terms for the basic humanity of themselves and others.

  • I don’t mean to be insensitive, but this gentlemen is identified as a Spanish professor not a lawyer. Thus, what standing does he have to assess the appropriateness of the charges and the guilt of those charged? Now that being said, I can see the point he is making. Illegal immigration can be a tough question, but at the end of the day, if they are here illegally, they are in violation of the law. If they want to go home and then attempt to return legally, I do not have a problem with that. I would ask, Eric, what you would have done with these workers?

    I will also say that if the employer knowingly employed illegals, which it appears that they did, they should be punished as well. So long there is a market for illegal immigrant labor, immigrant will continue to attempt to enter this country illegally. Thus, when business owners and operators violate immigration or other laws in employing illegal immigrants, then they should be punished even more harshly than those who did little more than break an immigration law.