Agriprocessors manager admits to harboring illegal aliens (Postville, Rubashkins, Iowa)
A former Iowa slaughterhouse manager has admitted to conspiring to harbor and recruit immigrants who entered the country illegally and then fleeing to Israel after the plant was raided in 2008, according to a plea agreement filed Thursday.
Hosam Amara, will plead guilty Friday to one count of conspiring to harbor undocumented immigrants for profit, under terms of the plea deal with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Cedar Rapids. In exchange, prosecutors will dismiss several other counts of harboring immigrants and document fraud returned against him in a 2009 indictment.
Amara had managed the second shift on the poultry side of the 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 admitted to conspiring to encouraging and inducing them to stay in the U.S.
The agreement says that Amara complained to Rubashkin in 2007 about a shortage of workers after U.S. immigration authorities warned that the plant could no longer accept permanent resident alien cards as identification for workers. Amara encouraged existing foreign workers to tell their family members to illegally come to Postville for work, and they were put on the payroll of a separate company, Hunt Enterprises, to make it appear that they were not working at Agriprocessors...
See Postville for the backstory. Many supporters of illegal immigration were up in arms about the raid, even if that was a bit muted because Agriprocessors was also charged with 9000 child labor law violations. Look up those who in effect sided with Agriprocessors and call them on in effect helping such a company.