Film about 2008 Postville, Iowa raid highlights gross immigrant abuses

July 20, 2011

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(Courtesy of 'Abused: The Postville Raids')
Argueta shares the stories of immigrants affected by the Postville raids, including this worker placed under house arrest.

In Postville, Iowa on May 12th, 2008, 900 heavily armed immigration agents shackled and took away 389 undocumented workers while working at Agriprocessors, the largest kosher slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant in the country. Within four days, 300 workers were charged as felons for using false documents and imprisoned. Families were torn apart. We talk with Luis Argueta, director of the film Abused: The Postville Raids, about the traumatic events and the affected Iowan town. With Luis is Jane Ramsey, executive director of the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs. The group gives political and humanitarian support to the Postville migrant workers and their families.


The film Abused: The Postville Raids is being shown tonight 7/20/11 at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.