Postville, Five Years Later

May 7, 2013

On May 12, 2008 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement descended on Agriprocessors, a kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, IA.  The raid resulted in the deportation of over 300 individuals—the largest immigration raid in Iowa’s history.  River to River looks back on the raid to examine how its affected the community of Postville and the families who were torn apart five years ago.  Also, what can be learned from Postville that can inform understanding on comprehensive immigration reform?

University of Iowa immigration law professor Barbara Schwartz, former assistant U.S. attorney Bob Teig, immigration lawyer Sonia Parras, immigration advocate Pastor David Vásquez and Postville resident Aaron Goldsmith join the conversation.