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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-12-08 02:52 PM
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Follow up - previous thread someone posted about "U.S. lease of Waterloo fairgrounds"
Edited on Mon May-12-08 02:53 PM by The Straight Story
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

And today we see why:
Update: Up to 700 arrests estimated in Postville raid

Postville, Ia. Four Homeland Security buses with U.S. Immigration and Customs tags on them have entered the Agriprocessors Inc. complex.

The buses, along with a trail of SUVs and vans with Minnesota license plates, arrived at about 11:45 a.m. Federal agents descended upon this northeast Iowa community at about 10 a.m. today to conduct an immigration raid at the nations largest kosher meatpacking plant. The ICE agents entered the Postville plant to execute a criminal search warrant for evidence relating to aggravated identity theft, fraudulent use of Social Security numbers and other crimes, said Tim Counts, a Midwest ICE spokesman. Agents are also executing a civil search warrant for people illegally in the United States, he said.

Immigration officials told aides to U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley that they expect 600 to 700 arrests. About 1,000 to 1,050 people work at the plant, according to Iowa Workforce Development.

Chuck Larson, a truck driver for Agriprocessing, was in the plant when the agents arrived. There has to be 100 of them, he said of the agents.

Larson said the agents told workers to stay in place then separated them by asking those with identification to stand to the right and those with other papers, to stand to the left.

There was plenty of hollering, Larson said. You couldnt go anywhere.
When asked who was separated, Larson said those standing in the group with other papers were all Hispanic.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?...
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-12-08 02:54 PM
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1. And where have they housed the CEO of Agriprocessing?
You know, the guys who hired the illegals? Aren't they being held and processed as well?
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-12-08 02:59 PM
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2. If this isn't profiling, I don't know what profiling is.. . . .n/t
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-12-08 03:02 PM
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3. Thanks for posting this information.
It's good to know that, while still an ugly situation, it wasn't quite as insidious as some thought.
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-12-08 10:57 PM
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4. Indeed - but some still pegged it. I wonder why locals didn't see it all
and leave (ie, those that were targeted should have seen this coming I suppose given the press it was getting there).
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