Postscript to Postville: This is what “getting tough” on immigration means?


The mainstream media has all but forgotten about the May 12 raid at a kosher food factory in Postville, Iowa, but our sister site in Iowa continues to report on the story behind the story: while a politically connected company called Agriprocessors, Inc. won’t be prosecuted, nearly 400 undocumented workers whom the company routinely exploited have suffered mass arrest and deportation. This is the reality of “getting tough” on undocumented workers.

On Saturday, the Iowa Independent’s Lynda Waddington reported on the routine sexual harassment that female employees at the Agriprocessors plant faced.

Jewish groups are now calling for changes at Agriprocessors, which plays a dominant role in the kosher food sales nationwide. And, in western Iowa, Doug Burns and Lorena Lopez reported that so-far unfounded fears of a similar raid have frightened local Latinos.

Agriprocessors owner Aaron Rubashkin and his relatives have are big donors to the Iowa Republican party, and given smaller amounts to two Democrats, Gov. Chet Culver and Lieutenant Governor Patty Judge.