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ICE Flows Through Iowa Making Headway

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The Des Moines Register reports arrests of 300 persons in an illegal immigration raid at a Hasidic kosher meatpacking plant. A crowd of 200 sympathizers and supporters of illegal immigration, slavery, and employer abuse gather outside the Agriprocessors, Inc. in Postville, Iowa.

According to search warrants, ICE agents interviewed a former plant supervisor – identified as “Source 1” – in November 2007, who told them that the plant employed foreign nationals from Mexico, Guatemala and Eastern Europe. Roughly 80 percent of those workers were living illegally in the U.S., the supervisor said.

“Source 1” told federal agents that some employees were running a methamphetamine lab in the plant, and were bringing weapons to work. The supervisor confronted a higher-level manager about the drugs, and shortly after was fired.The supervisors also described an encounter with the plant’s human resources manager about three separate Social Security cards from different employees with the same number. The human resources manager “laughed when this matter was brought to her attention,” the supervisor told federal agents.

In February 2008, a confidential informant identified as “Source 7,” who has worked with federal agents in past immigration cases, detailed several incidents of alleged worker abuse at the plant.The source, who was lawfully employed at the plant, told authorities that a floor supervisor duct-taped the eyes of an illegal Guatemalan employee and struck him with a meat hook. The blow caused no serious injuries.”Source 7″ asked the Guatemalan to report the incident, but the employee said doing so could jeopardize his job.

In another alleged incident, Source 7 said, a floor supervisor identified as a Hasidic Jew pushed another illegal employee because he did not like the way the employee was moving meat.

A plant employee identified as “Source 11” told authorities that he/she was hired without presenting employment documents or filling out any forms. The worker’s first paycheck had a different person’s name on it, which was then cashed at another part of the plant.Undocumented workers were paid $5 an hour for their first three or four months on the job, the employee said, and then received a salary increase to $6 per hour.

Where is the Rabbinic community protesting and refusing to buy kosher meat from this supposedly “high values” company?

I can’t imagine any intelligent person protesting the raids. Who supports slavery in this day and age?

Crowds outside the Cattle Congress complex in Waterloo continued to grow Monday evening. When the chained gates opened to admit a bus full of detainees at 8:15 p.m., the crowd of about 200 people screamed their support.

Waterloo Police Department Lieutenant M.W. McNamee told protesters that they had to move across the street to the sidewalk directly in front of the Cattle Congress grounds. “Unfortunately there’s not a lot of area where you can be. This is not conducive to have a vigil,” McNamee said.

Mario Basurto, project coordinator of El Centro Latinoamericano, said the protest was spontaneous and would last until 10 p.m.

What is conducive about slave wages, duct-taping eyes, threats, fear of job loss, cruel behavior by employers?

Retired University of Northern Iowa professor Rosa Maria de Finlay approached the gate to offer her interpretation services, but she, too, was turned away by an agent.

De Finlay said she has stopped by Cattle Congress repeatedly today, checking the grounds for signs that people were being detained there. She said she saw no buses enter.

“I think the money we’re spending on all this is incredible. You and I will never know how much it costs. That money could be used for something else other than this crap, this nonsense,” she said.

Where was De Finlay in interpreting to these illegals that they should come across the border legally so that they would not have to put up with this kind of abuse? She is right about the money being spent on better priorities because of socialists like her who encourage breaking laws, we have to spend time and money stopping them. It’s De Finlay’s fault that the thousands of illegals across the country are being detained and/or in jail waiting deportation.

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Written by smalltalkwitht

May 13, 2008 at 8:12 am

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