How (at least some) Iowans respond to immigration raids in their state

July 26, 2008

This type of response is altogether more human, no?

An immigration raid that arrested nearly 400 people in northeastern Iowa scarred a small town and tore families apart, residents said Saturday. Dozens begged a visiting congressional delegation to do everything in its power to stop federal immigration raids.

Instead of blaming the people who want to work, the Iowans who want to end immigration raids in their state blame the people who hire them illegally and then mistreat them with impunity–what a concept:

“The family that owns that place, they’re the ones who should be prosecuted,” he said. “They’re the ones who should be deported, not the workers.”

Plus, who benefitted from the raid? No one:

“This raid did nothing for this community,” he said. “It downgraded us substantially. It caused people to suffer, and it caused our reputation to suffer clear across the country.”

Fingers crossed that some of the Congress people were listening:

Sires, the New Jersey congressman, said he was convinced.

“I don’t see this type of thing working someplace else,” he said. “We don’t want it to ever happen again.”

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One Response to “How (at least some) Iowans respond to immigration raids in their state”

  1. Emily Says:

    I do hope that the feds will listen on this one.

    Incidentally, that plant is in my step-dad’s hometown (there was a PBS thing on it a couple of years ago — a bunch of Orthodox Jews moving to this little German-Catholic/German-Lutheran town in NE Iowa. Not the same Postville that my step-dad grew up in).


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