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Sob: Iowa Town Marks Illegal Alien Raid

From a tear-stained Associated Press:

Jorge Perez, of Postville, Iowa, center, waves a Guatemalan flag during a march in Postville on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 held to commemorate the anniversary of the immigration raid at the Agriprocessors kosher slaughterhouse last May that ended with 389 arrests.

Bells toll as Iowa town marks anniversary of immigration raid that upended local economy

By NIGEL DUARA , Associated Press

May 12, 2009

POSTVILLE, Iowa – Hundreds gathered in the small northeast Iowa town of Postville today to mark the one-year anniversary of a huge immigration raid and reflect on the community’s difficulty in recovering from the arrests.

After a prayer vigil at St. Bridget’s Catholic Church, participants marched a half mile to the Agriprocessors Inc. kosher slaughterhouse, escorted by sheriff’s deputies and state troopers. About 650 people attended the vigil, including four busloads from the Minneapolis area and Chicago.

The commemoration began at 10 a.m., the time the raid began a year ago, with church bells and a shofar, a horn used for Jewish religious purposes. The bells rang 389 times for each of the workers arrested.

In the year since the raid, businesses have closed and the families of many workers left town. City Clerk Administrator Darcy Radloff said about 3,000 people lived in Postville before the raid, numbers she said aren’t reflected in census numbers because multiple families lived in single houses.

Since the raid, Radloff said, about 1,800 people are left in Postville.

State and federal prosecutors have filed thousands of charges, ranging from labor law and immigration violations to bank fraud, against top Agriprocessors managers. The company sought Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and a conservator is trying to find a buyer.

Earlier Tuesday, Postville’s religious leaders and city officials held a press conference where they questioned the priorities of the state of Iowa and the federal government.

The Rev. Gary Catterson of Postville’s Community Presbyterian Church said a state grant to help pay rent and utilities for families of those detained has almost run out.

"I don’t feel like the state or federal government has been of great assistance," Catterson said…

What a heartbreaking story.

These 1800 people were obviously doing the jobs that Americans would not do.

About 650 people attended the vigil, including four busloads from the Minneapolis area and Chicago.

These are the ACORN community organizers who will be taking the census this year so that America’s illegal aliens will not lack for representation in Congress.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

11 Responses to “Sob: Iowa Town Marks Illegal Alien Raid”

  1. catie says:

    Too bad, sooooooo sad that the “fund” to pay for the illegals bills is about to run out. I really wonder why the minister thinks that the state and government need to pick up the tab for these individuals. It’s always someone else’s fault isn’t it?

  2. proreason says:

    Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how many attendees at the rally were legal residents of Posttville who aren’t related to the “victims” of the raid?

    But that appears to be a little detail our betters in the media have decided we don’t need to know.

    • GL0120 says:

      Good question PR, wouldn’t it have been nice to see another raid, this time on the protesters?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I guarantee at the very least …..4 bus loads of illegals would be cooling their “criminal” asses in the pokey awaitng deportation!
      That does have a sweet sound to it…….D-E-P-O-R-T-A-T-I-O-N!!!!!
      Take that punk flag waver with them!!

  3. canary says:

    Why do they always protest with the Mexican flag, instead of the American flag. If they are so proud of Mexico, they should go home.

  4. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    It appears not many of the protesters suffer from want of food.

  5. curvyred says:

    “About 650 people attended the vigil, including four busloads from the Minneapolis area and Chicago.”

    Our tax dollars at work subsidizing “importation” of unemployed protestors, who probably really could care less.

  6. Right of the People says:

    “In the year since the raid, businesses have closed and the families of many workers left town.”

    I wonder were they went? Since if the “workers” were illegals, then doesn’t further make sense that their families are also illegal? And if that is the case, why weren’t they rounded up with them and sent back to that 3rd world paradise they came from? ICE is slipping.

  7. Dr.D says:

    The protester shown is waving the flag of Guatemala. This really sums up the whole problem. These people do not come here to become Americans in any sense whatsoever. They come here, knowing that they enter illegally. They come simply to take jobs that should be given to American workers, but which they will do for less money. They come here to exploit the social welfare systems of America, such as emergency room health care, schools, police and fire protection, and countless other social services that we routinely provide in America that they do not have in Latin America. And they come to steal from America, because they send as much money as possible, a large fraction of their pay, back “home,” wherever they have come from in Latin America.

    The young man with the flag is saying very plainly that he is a Guatemalan thief, an illegal entrant into the US, and he has no loyalties, no sympathy, no connection whatsoever to America. Why should America support people like this?

    The simply answer is we should not. They should all be deported NOW!!

    There are many hard luck stories about families being separated, about children whose parents have had to return to Latin America leaving the US born children behind. This is because of the unfortunate result of the Constitutional amendment that makes anyone born in the US a citizen, regardless of how they happened to be here. Until we can remedy this (only children of citizens should become citizens), US born minor children of deportees should most certain accompany their parents back to Latin America. They can return to the US when they are adults and able to support themselves, but minors belong with their parents. The US is not supposed to provide foster care for all these children; that is absurd. (Of course, the situation we find ourselves in today is simply absurd also.)

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Dr.D….I believe the children born here by illegals are called “anchor” babies.
      They think they can give birth here so they can stay also.

      LEECHES …. ONE & ALL!!

  8. canary says:

    DrD, excellent point. No where does the article say Mexicans. Chicago’s Obama’s Army (dreams 238) does not acknowledge the white man’s rights even when they are races that weren’t sold by Africa to America as slaves. Mexicans and Indians lands we took. Any nationality has a right to come to America and enforce their culture and religious beliefs. Kind of like white man should mind their own business, such is aiding South Vietnamies, etc. but impovershied countries should help the minorities get revenge on the white man, for eternity.

    Gautemala already reaps American dollars by illegally importing their vidio “snuff” pornography. These films are kidnapping, or tricking their women into rooms where they are sexually mutilated, killed, while they are raped. So,
    the nationalists want all the impoverished people they can get into America to force marxism down the white man’s throat. Though it was a Gautemalan federal worker, years ago, that paid his race to make and import the torture and murder, films, it still falls on American’s fault. Though Investigation was done, and other Federal employee’s involved in the porno watching partys, nothing happened. Americans who tried to do something, were punished, scarred, left with ruined lives.
    If Americans trying only to enforce a small fragment of the O.A. idealism, end up being right-wing extremists. The POTUS sterio-types conservative Republicans as mostly ‘non-denominational Christians and conservative Catholics’. Is that not evidence of the foundation of this country and the true meaning of the Constitution and it’s laws. Yet our POTUS even considers the ten commandments outdated laws!!!!!

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