Event Title

Postville Raid: U.S. Immigration Enforcement and the Effects on Immigrant Children and Families

Speaker

Luis Argueta

Streaming Media

Description

On May 12th, 2008, 389 undocumented workers were arrested by 900 heavily armed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at Agriprocessors, Inc., the largest kosher slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant in the country. In just 4 days, nearly 300 of these workers were fast-tracked through the US legal system, convicted, imprisoned, deported. Families and communities were devastated. The raid itself cost taxpayers 5.2 million dollars. Argueta: “What began as a weekend trip to Iowa to see the first-hand effects of the raid has become my life’s passion. Since, I have traveled to Postville 25 times and 10 times to the mountain villages in Guatemala, home to the arrested workers. I’ve interviewed victims from the raid, community members, legal experts, Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu, and many others”.

About the Lecturer: Luis Argueta, Guatemalan-born U.S citizen, film producer and director

Document Type

Event

Start Date

10-11-2010 12:00 PM

End Date

10-11-2010 1:15 PM

Location

Fairhaven College Auditorium

Resource Type

Moving image

Title of Series

World Issues Forum

Genre/Form

lectures

Contributing Repository

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Keywords

Postville, Undocumented workers, ICE raid, Agriprocessors, Inc.

Rights

This resources is displayed for educational purposes only and may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws.

Language

English

Format

video/mp4

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Nov 10th, 12:00 PM Nov 10th, 1:15 PM

Postville Raid: U.S. Immigration Enforcement and the Effects on Immigrant Children and Families

Fairhaven College Auditorium

On May 12th, 2008, 389 undocumented workers were arrested by 900 heavily armed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at Agriprocessors, Inc., the largest kosher slaughterhouse and meat-packing plant in the country. In just 4 days, nearly 300 of these workers were fast-tracked through the US legal system, convicted, imprisoned, deported. Families and communities were devastated. The raid itself cost taxpayers 5.2 million dollars. Argueta: “What began as a weekend trip to Iowa to see the first-hand effects of the raid has become my life’s passion. Since, I have traveled to Postville 25 times and 10 times to the mountain villages in Guatemala, home to the arrested workers. I’ve interviewed victims from the raid, community members, legal experts, Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu, and many others”.

About the Lecturer: Luis Argueta, Guatemalan-born U.S citizen, film producer and director