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The Postville, Iowa Agriprocessors immigration raid

In May 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided the Agriprocessors kosher meat factory in Postville, Iowa. As with other raids, much gnashing of teeth from the left and/or those who support illegal activity for financial reasons ensued.

However, this time it was a bit muted due to the fact that the owners of the plant - the Rubashkins - don't exactly appear that sympathetic. For instance, they were subsequently charged with 9000 child labor law violations.

Even the most crooked far-leftie is going to have trouble defending that, but that hasn't stopped a few from trying. Note that the only way to have prevented the abuses at Agriprocessors would have been to enforce our laws - labor and immigration - across the board. Anything less would have allowed those abuses to continue. Thus, those who decry those abuses while at the same time not supporting enforcement of our immigration laws are either corrupt or stupid, or both.

Last modified Dec 11, 2008
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Agriprocessors manager admits to harboring illegal aliens (Postville, Rubashkins, Iowa) - 08/30/13

... Agriprocessors Inc. plant in Postville, which once was the nation's largest kosher slaughterhouse... ...In the plea agreement signed by Amara last week, he admitted that he conspired with Agriprocessors CEO Sholom Rubashkin and other executives for at least five years before the raid to harbor immigrants "knowing and in reckless disregard of the fact" they had come to the U.S. illegally. He also...

U.S. bows to United Nations Human Rights Council, ACLU helps (Arizona, SB1070) - 11/05/10

... Removal (specifically mentioning Postville) and the ability of illegal aliens to sue over workplace issues (Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. v. NLRB). To read their summary, they must think they live in Libya rather than what they're actually doing: helping countries like Libya. Even if their report doesn't mention Arizona, Alessandra Soler Meetze of the Arizona ACLU is in Geneva, and she...

Seth Doane /CBS weeps for town built on illegal activity (Postville) - 06/14/09

... the latest "reporter" to go to Postville, Iowa and report on the immigration raid that occurred there over a year ago. Like all the others, his is a completely superficial report designed to pull heartstrings in an attempt support and cover up for massive illegal activity. The main report is in "A Small Town Under Siege/Residents Still Struggle To Recover After Immigration Raid Left Economy In...

Tim Belay/VOA News presents illegal immigration-supporting side of Postville story - 05/18/09

... federally-funded Voice of America - offers "Postville Marks Immigration Raid Anniversary with Reflection, Optimism" (link). A little over a year ago, the Agriprocessors kosher meat processing plant in Postville, Iowa was the site of a major immigration raid, and just recently the MSM marked the anniversary in their own special way. Since the VOA is basically part of the U.S. government, you...

Postville commemorates immigration raid one year later, pines for child labor violations, massive illegal activity - 05/12/09

... immigration raid at Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa happened one year ago today, and far-left and just generally corrupt supporters of illegal immigration are commemorating the anniversary, with the media standing by to offer their lopsided take (link): Church bells tolled for an hour here this morning to mark a year since federal agents launched one of the biggest immigration raids in U.S....

ACLU controlling Obama policy? ("Transition Recommendations" wants most immigration enforcement halted, + much more) - 03/17/09

In November, the American Civil Liberties Union released "Actions For Restoring America: Transition Recommendations for President‐Elect Barack Obama" (aclu.org/transition) listing things they wanted him to do the first day, within the first 100 days, and within the first year. Several of their proposals would halt immigration enforcement to a great extent, pending "review". That "review" would...

Betsy Rubiner/ Time promotes illegal immigration for Postville (Agriprocessors) - 01/28/09

... (link) about the aftermath of the Postville immigration raid; see the last link first if you aren't familiar with that issue. The article attempts to emotionalize the issue and encourage support for illegal immigration; consider how it ends: Many townspeople hope a responsible buyer will revive the plant. "We'd like to see somebody who buys it and makes it an honest business," says [Darcy...

Pork for Postville: Tom Harkin helped Agriprocessors stay in business - 12/29/08

... for the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, without which they might have gone out of business. This year, that company was the subject of a major immigration raid and has subsequently been charged with over 9000 child labor law violations. And, it's not like that was much of a surprise to those in the area. The money, nearly $8 million, came from an environmental program from which...

Postville: Feds go after Rubashkin trademarks, other property - 12/11/08

... former chief executive at the Postville plant, remains in federal custody pending trial in this case and others. He is charged with various immigration and bank fraud-related charges. Brent Beebe, Hosam Amara, and Zeev Levi, all former members of plant management, also face immigration-related charges. Amara and Levi fled the jurisdiction after a May 12 immigration raid at the plant and are...

Youtube/Pulitzer makes worthless illegal immigration supporting video finalist - 11/19/08

For the backstory, see Shock: Youtube/Pulitzer contest has pro-illegal immigration puff piece as finalist. That same worthless, illegal immigration-supporting video (link) is now one of the five finalists in the Pulitzer competition and is #20 on Youtube's Featured list. Either because of that or because of creative counting, its views have jumped from around 700 a couple days ago to over 60,000...

Agriprocessors CEO arrested on bank fraud charges - 11/14/08

... of the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa; see this recent post for links about it.

Shock: Youtube/Pulitzer contest has pro-illegal immigration puff piece as finalist - 11/13/08

... Agriprocessors immigration raid in Postville, Iowa, and it's even worse than something the MSM would do, because some of the MSM's reports - while also trying to use emotionalism to support illegal activity - have mentioned things like labor abuses and the like. For instance, the Pulitzer choice doesn't mention that Agriprocessors was charged with over 9000 child labor law violations. The video...

Agriprocessors charged with over 9000 child labor law violations - 09/09/08

... child labor law at the plant in Postville, saying the violations involved 32 children under age 18, including seven who we

Agriprocessors supervisor pleads guilty - 08/21/08

... May, the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa was raided by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Now, from this: A former supervisor at Agriprocessors, the Postville meatpacking plant that was the location of the nation’s largest single-site immigration raid, accepted a deal and pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday afternoon. Juan Carlos Guerrero-Espinoza, 35, has been convicted of...

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) calls DHS agents "Gestapo agents" (Gebe Martinez/Politico) - 08/07/08

Alleged U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez - Democrat from Illinois - is quoted in the article "Push needed for immigration reform" (politico . com/news/stories/0808/12321.html) by ethnocentric hack reporter Gebe Martinez as saying: "You know who is in charge now? The Gestapo agents at [the Department of] Homeland Security. They are in charge... I think it is election season, and they have...

Luis Gutierrez demagogues Agriprocessors raid, accuses DOJ of lying (Joe Baca, Albio Sires, Jens Manuel Krogstad) - 07/27/08

... congressmen gather information in Postville" (link), informing us that Reps. Luis Gutierrez, Joe Baca, and Albio Sires visited that city for a meeting at St.

1000 protest in Postville in support of immigration-related abuses; a Rubashkin blames enemies - 07/27/08

... small town in northeastern Iowa [Postville] on Sunday, decrying the raid of a meatpacking plant [Agriprocessors] that arrested nearly 400 residents and calling for a change in federal immigration policies... Sunday's protesters a

New York Times supports illegal activity, identity theft - 07/13/08

... this time offering "The Shame of Postville, Iowa" (nytimes . com/2008/07/13/opinion/13sun2.html) about the May immigration raid at Agriprocessors meat packing plant in that town. Under the old way of doing things, the workers, nearly all Guatemalans, would have been simply and swiftly deported. But in a twist of Dickensian cruelty, more than 260 were charged as serious criminals for using false...

Federal, state investigations of Agriprocessors (maybe the left will stop playing games) - 07/11/08

Neither Alternet nor New America Media are reputable sources, but, for what it's worth, Wendy Feliz Sefsaf of NAM offers "Meat-Packing Giant Raided by ICE Faces Criminal Investigation" (alternet.org/immigration/91182). Discussing the Agriprocessors raid from May, she says: No fewer than seven federal and state agencies are coordinating on investigations of Agriprocessors. The Iowa Division of...

IowaPolitics.com stages pro-illegal immigration forum (LULAC, Beth Wessel-Kroeschell) - 06/05/08

IowaPolitics.com staged an immigration forum earlier today, and these were the five panelists (link): 1. Brent Wilkes of the League of United Latin American Citizens 2. Iowa State Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames 3. James Benzoni, Des Moines immigration lawyer and Drake University professor 4. David Roederer, executive director of the Iowa Chamber Alliance 5.

Betsy Rubiner/Time offers pro-illegal immigration propaganda (Agriprocessors, Iowa) - 05/29/08

... at the Agriprocessors plant in Postville earlier this month, and her article could have been written by that company or anyone else who supports profiting from illegal immigration. The only mention of those who support our laws is in a highly negative light. The reader who thinks she's in any way a credible source of information should research the raid using the last link, then compare it to...

Agriprocessors meat packing raid, Postville, Iowa (kosher, UFCW) - 05/12/08

... more persons were arrested in Postville, Iowa earlier today as part of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid of the Agriprocessors meat packing plant in the town. That plant produces kosher meat and is owned by the Rubashkin family, Hasidic Jews from New York; this page has more details on the culture clash after the bought the plant and seem to have gained a great deal of power in...