this can be a joint booklet of Floricanto and Berkeley Presses.
In may perhaps of 2008, the small city of Postville, Iowa, skilled an Immigration Raid during which approximately four hundred Latino immigrant employees within the meat processing have been arrested. The Postville Raid, the second one greatest in U.S. heritage, used to be the 1st and final of its type. rather than instantly deporting the undocumented, they have been attempted in teams of ten on fees of identification robbery after which despatched to prison for five ½ months. a bunch of forty ladies have been arrested yet published with GPS displays on their ankles so they may deal with youngsters, and have been held in Postville for over a 12 months in which they weren't allowed to paintings to help their households. those are the existence tales, instructed of their personal phrases, of a few of the staff who have been laid low with the raid. The immigrant families,with particular emphasis on girls and kids, proportion the tales in their childhoods, the choice and the adventure to “El Norte,” operating on the meat processing plant, and the raid and its aftermath. those precise tales vividly painting the terror, violence and harassment that's the lot of these who're “undocumented,” but in addition indicates their power of spirit within the face of poverty-stricken childhoods, harmful border crossings, inhumane operating stipulations, and as they skilled the U.S. criminal and penal system.
"The long-silenced voices of the common-or-garden migrants victimized by way of the notorious federal raid at Postville, Iowa are recovered eventually during this quantity, the place they coalesce right into a light mallet that moves on the gong of our nationwide sense of right and wrong, issuing a take-heed call to our humanity. Our purely dignified resolution will be reasonable and lasting immigration reform." --Erik Camayd-Freixas, writer of U.S. Immigration Reform and its worldwide effect: classes from the Postville Raid.
“An earthquake shouldn't have been capable of plunge Postville right into a better feel of loss and confusion than the government did that day. I take note the tales of the fogeys and the youngsters who couldn't locate one another, a neighborhood easily devastated via the raid, and the non secular neighborhood stepping as much as aid, supply protect, and supply info within the vacuum. Postville immediately turned iconic in the neighborhood for why we want immigration reform and it's nonetheless a picture that haunts and conjures up me. And it's a tale that has to be advised and remembered.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, U.S. apartment of Representatives (IL-04)
The authors commit this publication to the ladies and males who generously shared their tales of the Postville ICE raid.
“It used to be either my privilege and problem to function the Pastoral Administrator of St. Bridget’s Parish in Postville, Iowa on the time of the infamous and disgraceful immigration raid at Agriprocessors on might 12, 2008. This event confident me that the “Postville tale” had to be advised and retold, for the sharing of a narrative may have a profound effect on our lives. tales form our lives. tales motivate. tales convey to existence our inner most held values and ideology. tales tell and tales have the capability to remodel. My wish is that the tales inside of this sacred textual content may have the ability, not just to remodel person hearts, yet finally to rework our present immigration coverage. “
Sister Mary McCauley, BVM
“An earthquake do not need been in a position to plunge Postville right into a larger feel of loss and confusion than the government did that day. I take note the tales of the fogeys and the kids who couldn't locate one another, a neighborhood easily devastated through the raid, and the spiritual group stepping as much as support, offer protect, and supply details within the vacuum. Postville immediately turned iconic within the American Latino neighborhood for why we want immigration reform and it truly is nonetheless a picture that haunts and conjures up me. And it's a tale that has to be instructed and remembered.”
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, U.S. residence of Representatives